Think you could be experiencing an ectopic pregnancy and are worried? Or maybe you’ve heard the term lately and don’t understand what it is?
An ectopic pregnancy is a serious pregnancy complication that is potentially life-threatening if not treated immediately. It occurs when the embryo implants somewhere outside of the uterus, making it a nonviable pregnancy.
While we do highlight what ectopic pregnancy is and the symptoms, we always recommend immediate medical attention from a provider.
What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?
In a healthy pregnancy, a fertilized egg implants and grows on the uterus wall. An embryo can implant outside the uterus, commonly in the fallopian tube, also known as ectopic pregnancy.
Though this complication could happen to any woman, some risk factors that increase the chance of this occurring include the following:
- Previous ectopic pregnancy
- Scar tissue in the fallopian tubes from infection or surgery
- Becoming pregnant while using an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control or after a tubal ligation
Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy
Get immediate medical attention if any of the following signs or symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy occur:
- Severe abdominal or pelvic pain accompanied by vaginal bleeding
- Extreme lightheadedness or fainting
- Shoulder pain
An ultrasound is the only way to know for sure if you are experiencing a potential ectopic pregnancy or any other pregnancy complications like a miscarriage. Medical treatment is available to all women who are going through this difficult pregnancy complication.
Confirm Your Pregnancy
Your health is our top priority. No matter your pregnancy decision, we’re here to serve and support you during this unexpected time.
We can help you find answers to difficult questions and help support you in the best way possible. Contact us to schedule a free initial appointment.