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How Can You Tell The Difference Between An Ovarian Cyst And Ectopic Pregnancy
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 rules out an ectopic pregancy. If the pregancy test is positive, an ultrasound is needed to be certain that the developing baby is located inside the uterus and not in the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the uterus). ...Read more
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
What's the difference between the symptoms of ovarian cysts and an ectopic pregnancy? Can I tell the difference based on symptoms?
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 suspicion" to look for ectopic pregnancies. The biggest clue for you is a missed or abnormal period (lighter than normal) and intermittent pain. The urine PG test may even be negative. See a MD and obtain an ultrasound & blood PG test when that occurs ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Never by expert: Each has its own distinct features by sonography, trained expert will not get mistaken, besides location. ...Read more
Ovarian cyst found 6 months ago. Just found out I am pregnant, could this cause an ectopic pregnancy?
No: Ovarian cysts are not related to tubal pregnancies. ...Read more
Not usually: Because a period will have been missed and it is incredibly more painful and it bleeds. ...Read more
Could it be possible for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy to be mistaken for a ruptured large ovarian cyst?
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 ruptured it is very unlikely you have an ectopic rupture. The fallopian tubes are not the ovaries. An ovarian cyst would be seen in the ovary not in the fallopian tubes. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
If I have an ectopic pregnancy and it ruptures and causes internal bleeding can I lie and say it was a big ovarian cyst?
Lying: To your physician? One should never, ever lie about their medical history to the professionals caring for them. How you live your life otherwise is between you and your maker. ...Read more
I'm 4 wks +1d pregnant. I've a slight pain near my navel and a history of ovarian cysts. Could I feel an ectopic pregnancy yet or is it probably gas?
Pregnancy pain: Yes you could possibly feel an ectopic pregnancy at this point in pregnancy however it is doubtful you would have pain near your naval. Pain at this stage would be down in your pelvis and low abdomen. If you do have severe pain and bleeding or just severe pain I would seek medical attention. ...Read more
Am 5 weeks pregnant and I feel a sharp pain in my left lower abdomen, could it be an ectopic pregnancy? 2 years ago, was diagnosed with ovarian cysts.
Ectopic: Yes this could certainly be an ectopic. I would have this evaluated. ...Read more
I had an ectopic pregnancy last year and this year have a small cyst on my ovary I was wondering do ovarian cyst give negative pregnancy test results because I have missed my period for almost two months now but the home pregnancy test are negative so wha
Not related: The presence of an ovarian cyst will not cause you a false neagtive test. Many women have ovarian cyst that can be seen monthly and are related to their cycle. There are other conditions that can cause irregularity of cycle and be associated w ovarian cyst - such as a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome. Schedule appoint with your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
What are symptoms of ovarian cysts and ectopic pregnancy? I have nausea pain on left pelvic area and pressure and tightness. Have to unbotton jeans
Pregnancy test: Unilateral pelvic pain can be caused by a number of things. The first thing you should do is a pregnancy test. If it the test says you are not pregnant, then you can't have an ectopic. If you are, then it is important that you be evaluated immediately with an ultrasound, as ectopics can cause life threatening rupture. Ovarian cysts can be painful, but they are not usually serious. ...Read more
No: For the most part having ovarian cysts doesn't increase risk of ectopic pregnancy. The only situation that I can think of where it would is if a woman had endometriosis as a cause of the cyst. Endometriosis can cause scarring and increase risk of ectopic pregnancy that way. But usually a functional cyst will not increase risk of ectopic. ...Read more
If I have an ovarian cyst and has missed my period for almost two months but have negative pregnancy test what should I do. I also had an ectopic?
Infertility=complex: Infertility is multi-facted. If your question is, "why aren't I pregnant? " then there could be a myriad of answers to that. I suggest you see a physician. Ovarian cysts alone do not cause infertility. They can be a part of pcos, however, and that can be a cause of infertility. See a physician and get evaluated if pregnancy is what you desire. ...Read more
Does a paraovarian cyst mimic an ectopic pregnancy? Or are they easily distinguishable on ultrasound?
Essentially you can: Distinguish the two, but could depend on how well you see it. Any time you are pregnant and do not have an intrauterine pregnancy, then ectopic cannot be excluded. The next thing you look for is a mass outside the ovary. In general, it is pretty easy to tell if it is a paraovarian cyst or something more ominous, but certainly not 100% of the time. ...Read more
Not likely: Fallopian tube cysts called hydatid cysts of morgagni actually occur at the end and outside of the tube. They usually have a thin stalk with a bleb of fluid surrounded by a thin cyst wall. There are little finger like projections in the tube that move the egg along. The most common known cause of ectopics outside of spontaneous ones (no cause) is exposure to chlamydia. ...Read more
Hello im 7 weeks pregnant. Feels weird on right side. No pain no bleeding. Do you think it can be a cyst or ectopic pregnancy?
I had ectopic pregnancy and left tube was removed. Now my right ovary has a 3.8cm cyst. What are my chances of getting pregnant again.
Slightly higher: Some one with previous ectopic pregnancy will have slightly higher incidence in the other tube, as you have same disease process like old tubal infection, but good news woman with one tube do get pregnant, don't worry. See a fertility specialist along with your gyn doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Can corpus luteum cyst bring anovulation? If u have anovulation bleeding can you have ectopic pregnancy?
No: A corpus luteum cyst is the cyst that remains after an egg is released during ovulation. If you become pregnant, that cyst helps maintain the early pregnancy. While you can have bleeding with an ectopic pregnancy, ovulation would have to occur in order to become pregnant in the first place. ...Read more
An ectopic pregnancy is suspected in the following setting:
1. A patient is pregnant
2. Hcg levels are rising abnormally
3. Pain is present on one side of the other
4. There is findings on ultrasound of a "mass" or cystic area near one of the ovaries
it would be easy to mistake an ectopic for an ovarian cyst if an ob/gyn was not considering an ectopic as a possibility! ...Read more
TTC... I underwent operation due to paratubal cyst on the left. Right tube had been removed due to ectopic pregnancy & now I have diffuse adenomyosis.
Question?: I am sorry- I do not understand what you are asking. Please resubmit with a specific question. ...Read more
Thanks for the answer. The ultrasound from last month showed my Ovaries and Uterus looked fine and out of Cyst. Worry about ectopic pregnancy?
Why worry: Ovarian cysts are very common. They usually do not predispose you to ectopic pregnancy. There is no mention of an associated problem which may predispose to an ectopic pregnancy so I would not worry about. Ectopic pregnancy can occur without any cause so it is good to be followed by your obstetrician to be certain ...Read more
Always had trouble with periods took me 11 years 2 suspected ectopic pregnancies and 1 ectopic pregnancy to find a abnormal right tube. Long story short I have the implant and now currently have a benign cyst inside my ovary at 5cm last checked January an
Question??: You have quite a gynecologic history but I'm not sure what your question is. The cyst could be a normal functional cyst or could be more serious. More details about your current symptoms, if any, and the details of the ultrasound would be necessary to say more. ...Read more
I have been told I have an ovarian cyst and am being scanned every 2 weeks to monitor it however I am also 1 month last on my cycle could it b ectopic?
Anything is possible: First thing to do is get a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, all possibilities come into play. If negative, continue with the management as outlined by your physician. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with an ovarian ectopic pregnancy. I was given methotrexate to help stop cell division. Will this affect future fertility?
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
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