What is an ectopic pregnancy?
While normally a baby grows inside the uterus or womb, an ectopic pregnancy can be in the fallopian tube (where the egg and sperm meet), ovary, cervix, or abdominal cavity. Ectopic pregnancies in the fallopian tubes are much more common than in other locations. In most cases, the cause of an ectopic pregnancy is not known and nothing could have been done to prevent it.
Ectopic pregnancies, specifically those occurring in the fallopian tubes, are considered medical emergencies and should be treated by an obstetrician-gynecologist. Agape does not provide care for ectopic pregnancies and in cases of emergency will refer clients to an emergency room.
What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?
Though not always, symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy can typically present themselves between the 4th and 12th weeks of your pregnancy.
Some women don’t have any symptoms at first. It may not be discovered until an early ultrasound scan reveals this or more serious symptoms are developed.
- Vaginal bleeding
- Stomach pain, generally on one side
- Chest pain
- Shoulder tip pain
- Painful urination or diarrhea
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Feeling unwell or elevated temperature
- Other symptoms
An ectopic pregnancy can be a life-threatening emergency and requires medical attention immediately.