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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can an ectopic pregnancy and ovarian cyst affect a home pregnancy test?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
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.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Does not.: A home urine pregnancy test is not affected by ovarian cysts nor location of implantation of the gestational sac. It will show just as positive in ectopics and in normal pregnancies. Serial blood HCG levels and transvaginal sonography are the cornerstones or ectopic diagnosis.
Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Still positive: An ectopic pregnancy still produces the human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone, so the pregnancy test will still be positive. If you are concerned about an ectopic pregnancy you need to see your gyn asap - to be treated and try to avoid having it rupture.

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Ovarian cyst pregnancy always results to ectopic pregnancy?

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Dr. Yonatan Mahller
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
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 away on its own. Sometimes a "cyst" seen in or near the ovary does represent an ectopic pregnancy (most often in the fallopian tube". This is often accompanied by pain and bleeding.
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Can the ovarian cyst temper with pregnancy test?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Rarely: Only if the ovarian cyst is a tumor making HCG will an ovarian cyst interfere with a pregnancy test.

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