What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, most often in a fallopian tube.  An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency due to the risk of the fallopian tube bursting as the fertilized egg develops which may cause severe life threatening internal bleeding. An ectopic pregnancy needs to be treated right away.

Early Symptoms of a possible ectopic pregnancy may include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Lower abdominal, lower back, and pelvic pain
  • Dizziness or weakness

 In cases where the fallopian tube has ruptured the following more severe symptoms may occur:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Extreme lightheadedness or fainting
  • Sudden sharp lower abdominal pain 

What Causes an Ectopic Pregnancy?

There is no way to prevent an ectopic pregnancy however, there are some ways you can decrease your risk such as preventing any sexually transmitted infections and choosing not to smoke. You also may be at a higher risk of developing an ectopic pregnancy if you have the following risk factors: 

  • A previous ectopic pregnancy
  • A history of infertility
  • A history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis
  • Surgery performed on the fallopian tubes
  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • A history of smoking
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

How Will I Know If I Have an Ectopic Pregnancy?

If you believe you are pregnant, you will first want to have a  lab-quality pregnancy test.. The next step is to have an ultrasound exam which determines the location of the pregnancy.  

At Liberty Women’s Clinic, we offer free, lab-quality pregnancy testing and  free limited obstetrical ultrasounds, for those eligible, which helps in determining the location of your pregnancy, viability, and the gestational age. 

What if I Have More Questions?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or have more questions about an ectopic pregnancy, know that you are not alone! We are here for you. 

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential nurse consultation. In addition to pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, we also offer free testing and treatment for STIs. You deserve to have all the information you need to learn more about your health! Liberty Women’s Clinic is here to walk alongside you on this journey. 

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This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

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