Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself in a place other than inside the uterus. Almost all ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube. One in 50 pregnancies ends this way.

Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include:

• Sharp or stabbing pain that may come and go and vary in intensity. The pain may be in the pelvis, abdomen or even the shoulder and neck (due to blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy gathering up under the diaphragm).
• Vaginal bleeding, heavier or lighter than your normal period
• Gastrointestinal symptoms
• Weakness, dizziness, or fainting

It is important for you to seek emergency care if you are experiencing sharp pain or have bleeding.

While any woman can have an ectopic pregnancy, the risk is highest for women who are over 35 and have had:

• a previous ectopic pregnancy
• surgery on a fallopian tube
• infertility problems or medication to stimulate ovulation


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