What Does An Ectopic Pregnancy Feel Like?
Symptoms And Warning Signs Of Ectopic Pregnancy
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy can vary depending on the location of the implantation. However, some common symptoms can occur in any case. These include pain and bleeding. Symptoms may not be apparent until later in the pregnancy, when the embryo has grown larger.
Certain warning signs can indicate an ectopic pregnancy. If you experience any of these, it is essential to seek medical attention right away:
- Severe pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
- Vaginal bleeding that is heavier than usual or accompanied by clotting
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Rectal pressure or pain
- Shoulder pain (this is often a sign that the ectopic pregnancy has ruptured)
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain during sexual intercourse
If you experience these warning signs, go to the nearest emergency room. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening if left untreated. If you are diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy, your doctor will likely prescribe medication to terminate the pregnancy. Surgery may also be necessary. Although ectopic pregnancies are rare, early diagnosis and treatment are essential. If you think you may be pregnant, see your doctor as soon as possible for a pregnancy test. Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy can vary from woman to woman, and some women may not experience any symptoms at all.
Extreme warning signs
Ectopic Pregnancy Test
Laparoscopy (ectopic pregnancy surgery)
- Infection and inflammation of the fallopian tube which can cause swelling and block the tube partially or entirely. So egg gets attached to tubes instead of the uterus.
- Scar tissue from previous surgery. It can also affect the egg movement and may block its way to the uterus.
- Previous surgery can also cause resistance in tubes and egg can fail its journey to the uterus.
- Abnormality in tube shape due to birth defect or abnormal growth.
- History of ectopic pregnancy can also cause this type of pregnancy again.
- Sexually transmitted infections can also cause inflammation in tubes and can increase your risks of ectopic pregnancy.
- Fertility treatments such as IVF or similar treatment can also cause ectopic pregnancy.
- Infertility is also a major cause itself.
- Tubal surgery can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
- Birth control methods like IUD can also cause ectopic pregnancy. If you get pregnant when your IUD is in place, chances are you will have ectopic pregnancy.
- Tubal ligation surgery can also increase the chances if you still get pregnant after that.
- Smoking and use of alcohol before pregnancy can cause ectopic pregnancy.