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Ectopic Pregnancy

Symptoms and Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy

The symptoms of ectopic pregnancy can be subtle and can be the same as an early pregnancy, including morning sickness or tender breasts.

Other signs of ectopic pregnancy are:

  • pain in the lower back, lower belly or pelvic region
  • monthly periods stop
  • unusual vaginal bleeding
  • mild cramps on one side of the pelvis

The symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy could become more serious if the fetus grows large enough that it ruptures the fallopian tube. Again, the signs range from subtle to severe:

  • shoulder pain
  • low blood pressure
  • fainting or feeling faint
  • pressure in the rectum
  • sudden, acute pain in the lower abdomen

A rupture of the fallopian tube constitutes a medical emergency. If a woman is experiencing signs of an ectopic pregnancy, she should seek medical treatment immediately.

Women with conditions that may cause an ectopic pregnancy, should inform their doctor and get regular checkups.


Locations for Ectopic Pregnancy