Posted by Elizabeth on November 09, 2003 at 13:38:34:
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?
Yes, an ectopic pregnancy can show a false negative on a home pregnancy test due to not being implanted in the uterus and not causing enough of the HCG hormone to spill into the urine. A blood test to measure HCG hormone levels is required due to the implant being in the abdomen or in the tube itself. An ectopic pregnancy can happen anywhere near the utrus. The said thing is that a baby does not survive an ectopic pregnancy and needs to be removed early before it causes the tube to rupture or hemorrhage in the abdomen. A person who has an ectopic pregnancy usually knows something is wrong when they first become pregnant due to the severe pain and extremely severe pain if it ruptures. Also, an ectopic pregancy happens very rarely.
In addtion to what Summer had to say, a person usually knows if they have an ectopic pregnancy. Abdominal cramping is the most common sign.