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How can you tell the difference between an ovarian cyst and ectopic pregnancy

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
A pregnancy test: The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy. A negative pregnancy test however, effectively ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rarely even for MD's: Differentiating between ovarian cyst pain and ectopic pregnancy is difficult for the laymen/patient. Even trained GYN MD's have to have an "index of s ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pierce
28 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
See your Doctor: It may be too early to tell, an ultrasound is the best way. See your doctor if you have pain or bleeding.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenan Omurtag
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Are you pregnant?: A negative pregnancy test rules out an ectopic.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yonatan Mahller
11 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: In all normal pregnancies there is a cyst that develops in one ovary called the corpus luteum cyst. This cyst supports the early pregnancy and goes aw ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
Shouldn't be often: I don't know of clinical studies that addressed this - maybe another doctor here does - my educated guess is that it shouldn't be often. Remember most ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Ovarian cysts are not related to tubal pregnancies.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Not usually: Because a period will have been missed and it is incredibly more painful and it bleeds.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Anatomy: No. Ruptured Fallopian tubes is a deadly problem. If you are not in the emergency room trying to save your life because an ectopic pregnancy has rupt ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Brown
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Less sensitive: Hormone levels tend to be lower with ectopic pregnancies so the home test will not turn postive as quickly. Ovarian cysts will have no effect.

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