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Every month we will identify the most commonly asked questions about ectopic pregnancy and answer them. If you have any further questions which you cannot find answers to on the website, please can you contact us.

When does the pain start with an ectopic pregnancy?

Lower abdominal or pelvic discomfort and then pain may occur about five to six weeks after the last menstural period.  The pain is usually on one side and to be constant rather than cramping in nature which is more common with a miscarriage. See Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy for more information.

What are the signs of ectopic pregnancy at 6 weeks?

Symptoms usually occur at about 6 weeks and may comprise of dark “ prune juice “ vaginal discharge and lower abdominal / pelvic discomfort or pain usually constant and on one side.  See Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy for more information. See Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy for more information.

Can you get a negative pregnancy test with an ectopic pregnancy?

Pregnancy tests are usually performed on a urine sample and just give a yes or no answer. This test ( as with any test) can give a false negative or false positive result but these are extremely rare.  See our Pregnancy Testing page for more information.

When was ectopic pregnancy first discovered?

The first known reported case of ectopic pregnancy was in the 11th century.  The first case of ectopic pregnancy treated surgically was in 1897 by Mr Lawson Tait and he went on to operate successfully on a large number of women.  See our page on Lawson Tait for more information.

Are there support groups for ectopic pregnancy?

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation provide an opportunity for women to read the experiences of those who have been affected by this condition and also to share their experiences.  This has been well received and found to be of help. Please go to the Women’s Experiences and Case Histories  page for more information.