Posted by Summer on November 09, 2003 at 13:25:57:
In Reply to: Elizabeth posted by Kendra on November 09, 2003 at 13:07:41:
: I was unable to post on the pregnancy board and haven't found my answer on the interent so I thought I'd ask you. Can an ectopic pregnancy show a false negative on a hpt?
I know im not elizabeth but i though i would give you some sypmtoms you can look into.
Vaginal spotting or bleeding. If you're not sure you're pregnant yet, you may think you're getting a light period at first. The blood may look red or it might be more brown like the color of dried blood, and it can be continuous or come and go. If the ectopic has ruptured, you may have very serious, heavy bleeding into the abdomen that's not obvious by the amount of the bleeding from the vagina.
• Pain that gets worse during physical activity or while moving your bowels or coughing
• Pain in the tip of your shoulder. While cramping and bleeding can mean many things, pain in the shoulder, particularly when you lie down, is specifically characteristic of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. The pain is caused by internal bleeding that irritates nerves that happen to go to the shoulders, but may not be felt in all cases.
If the ectopic is ruptured, you may also have signs of shock like a weak, racing pulse; pale, clammy skin; and dizziness or fainting. Needless to say, you'll need to get medical attention right away.