Ectopic Pregnancy — Signs and Symptoms

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside the uterus. Find out more about ectopic pregnancy and its signs and symptoms.

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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. Read on to understand more about ectopic pregnancy signs and symptoms.

Related: Pregnancy Complications

How Common is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Out of every 1,000 pregnancies, five to seven 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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