Hey I'm just wondering when an ectopic pregnancy can be discovered through a urine pregnancy test? I had sex 9 weeks ago. I have done 14 tests and all are negative, could it be that it is not picking it up?
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Ectopic pregnancy cannot be detected with urine pregnancy tests. If pregnancy is suspected, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). The urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy can show you false negative results as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). If ectopic pregnancy is present, you will have abdominal pain/cramps (usually increasing in intensity), back pain (severe), bleeding/spotting, fainting, etc. If pregnancy gets confirmed, ultrasound scan done will confirm if pregnancy is intrauterine or ectopic. Further management would be started based on examination findings and investigation results. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance.
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