If you are having an ectopic pregnancy then you should still expect the result of a home pregnancy test to come out positive. However, you would not know if it was an ectopic pregnancy as a result of conducting the test.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg has not merged into the womb. Instead, this egg has remained in the fallopian tube, or on rarer occasions the ovary or within the abdomen.
A home pregnancy test Kit will pick up an ectopic pregnancy
You may only know to test that you are pregnant though if you have other pregnancy symptoms such as:
- No period
- Tender and larger breasts
- Morning sickness
How do I tell if it is an ectopic pregnancy?
This would be the associated symptoms. Although there are a collection symptoms that often occur when you are pregnant; they are often more severe when you are having an ectopic pregnancy. For example, in the most severe of cases, you would experience very strong pains as a result of internal bleeding from the fallopian tubes becoming ruptured.
However, in other cases there are absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. This means that the pregnancy has simply died out as a result of not being in the womb. This is not uncommon, with roughly 10,700 ectopic pregnancies occurring in the UK every year, many people will never even be aware they were pregnant.
The best way for you to confirm if you are having an ectopic pregnancy is to consult your doctor and go for an ultrasound scan. It is quite common for this scan to be transvaginal; helping doctors to get the best view of your fallopian tubes.
If you are in the earlier stages of pregnancy, it may not be easy to detect whether or not the pregnancy is ectopic or not. In which case, you should ensure that you go for another ultrasound scan a few days after the initial scan.