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Ladies who've had ectopic pregnancies… does this sound familiar? Should I worry?

I'm spooked.

For the past three or four days, I've been dealing with a mild cramp in the left side of my abdomen (that persists through the night), along with light pink spotting. I'm hyper-aware of my wonky cycle and I've never had anything like this happen before.

I'd normally attribute it to implantation bleeding, but it's that ache in the left side that's getting to me. My period isn't for another ten days or so.

Should I just wait until I can confirm it with a pregnancy test? Or should I go to the ER sooner than that? I'm afraid it'll progress.
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134578 tn?1602101550
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It sounds more like an ovarian cyst, if it is too early to test for pregnancy. Ectopics typically don't hurt in the first couple of weeks after ovulation, since the first six days they aren't even implanted (they are still in a shell and can't implant until day 5 or 6 after ovulation). Ovarian cysts can hurt pretty much any time after they form, which would be a few days after ovulation.

Wait until your period is due, and if the pain gets worse go see your doc.
973741 tn?1342342773
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I agree that it would be too early for pregnancy unless last month you actually had spotting and not a period (happened to me).  I have also had an ovarian cyst.  They are painful.  Most are harmless though and pass on their own (feels like a painful, heavy period).  Since we don't exactly know, I'd consider seeing your doctor if this keeps up. Your ob/gyn could determine the situation very easily and pregnancy tests at home are cheap and an easy thing to do for info anyway.  
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