Ectopic Pregnancy


Normal pregnancies develop inside a woman's uterus.  "Ectopic" means out of place. In an ectopic pregnancy, a fertilized egg attaches to the wrong place in a woman's body. In most ectopic pregnancies, the egg attaches to the woman's fallopian tube. That is why ectopic pregnancies are often called "tubal pregnancies." Rarely, ectopic pregnancies can take place in other parts of a woman's body — like on the cervix, ovary, or somewhere else in a woman's abdomen.

What Are the Signs and Causes of Ectopic Pregnancy?

Very early in pregnancy, ectopic pregnancies seem like normal pregnancies. A woman may have a missed period while experiencing breast tenderness, fatigue, and nausea.

Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include:

If you have severe pain or bleeding, go to the emergency room right away. If you have any other symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, contact a healthcare provider right away. The earlier an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed and treated, the better.

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