woman experiencing an ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy refers to any pregnancy that develops outside the uterus. Typically, the fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus, where it attaches to the uterine lining. However, with an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube (or rarely in other places, like the cervix). 

An ectopic pregnancy is unsustainable and life-threatening; the fallopian tubes aren’t able to house a growing pregnancy, and they risk rupturing as the pregnancy develops. 

This article will highlight the essentials you need to know about how to recognize and diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. However, if you’re pregnant and need to talk, contact Assure Women’s Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

What Are the Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy?

In the beginning, an ectopic pregnancy can feel a lot like a typical pregnancy—with symptoms such as a missed period, tender and swollen breasts, and fatigue. However, you might also experience:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain in your lower abdomen, pelvis, and lower back
  • Dizziness or weakness

If your fallopian tube ruptures, you will experience severe abdominal pain and bleeding, as well as:

  • Fainting
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Rectal pressure or bowel problems

This is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical intervention.

How Is an Ectopic Pregnancy Diagnosed?

Ultrasound is the only reliable way to determine if you’re experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. This simple scan uses sound waves to create an image of your internal structures. By looking at your uterus through ultrasound, the healthcare provider can determine if the pregnancy is growing inside your uterus or whether it’s ectopic. 

We’re Here for You

Are you facing an unexpected pregnancy? Worried it could be ectopic? You’re not alone. We’re here for you.

We offer free, limited ultrasounds and other pregnancy services to help you stay safe. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.


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