Pregnancy - Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside the uterus.

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Ectopic Pregnancy

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside the uterus. The most common site is within a fallopian tube. More rarely, it is also found within the ovary or in the cervix.

Related: Pregnancy Complications

How Commons Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Out of every 1,000 pregnancies, 5 - 7 are ectopic pregnancies. It is more common in women who have had an ectopic pregnancy before, as well as in women who have a history of pelvic infection.

Related: When to Sound the Alarm on Your Pregnancy

What Are The Symptoms Of An Ectopic Pregnancy?

If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy, she may:

  • Have missed her period

  • Notice pregnancy symptoms, such as breast tenderness and nausea

  • Have irregular vaginal bleeding, known as spotting

  • Feel lower abdominal or pelvic pain on one or both sides that grows worse over time

If the ectopic pregnancy ruptures, she may:

  • Feel severe pain in her lower belly

  • Develop shoulder pain triggered by internal bleeding

  • Feel dizzy and notice a whirling sensation

  • Faint or pass out

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