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What's the difference between the symptoms of ovarian cysts and an ectopic pregnancy? Can I tell the difference based on symptoms?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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