A 27-year-old female asked:
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can an ectopic pregnancy be picked up through a hpt? light periods started 9 days after ovulation . got a negative hpt on day 14 after ovulation.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No: If your pregnancy test is positive and you are concerned about ectopic pregnancy, see you doctor for serial blood levels of HCG and an ultrasound examination. If HPT is negative, you should not be concerned. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Answered on Jan 15, 2018
Dr. Brad Douglas
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: all a HPT does is check a pregnancy - you need an ultrasound to check for ectopic
Answered on Jan 17, 2018
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not always: Sometimes the ectopic pregnancy does not put out enough of the pregnancy hormone to be picked up by a urine pregnancy test. A quantitative blood pregnancy test can be more definitive along with a high MD index of suspicion + ultrasound.
Answered on Jan 17, 2018
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Dr. Charles Whiting
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not reliable: A home pregnancy test doesn't always turn positive when you have an ectopic pregnancy. Best to get a blood pregnancy test to search for one. Best wishes!
Answered on Jan 15, 2018
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