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Ectopic Pregnancy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches and begins to grow outside of the uterus. The most common place for this to happen is in the fallopian tube. This is sometimes called a tubal pregnancy. The egg can also implant on the outside of the uterus, on the ovary or cervix, or in the abdomen. The egg may begin to grow, but the pregnancy cannot continue normally. Ectopic pregnancy can cause heavy bleeding and may be life-threatening.

What increases my risk for an ectopic pregnancy?

What are the signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

How is ectopic pregnancy diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about other medical conditions or surgeries you have had. The provider will ask about pregnancies, miscarriages, infertility treatments, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) you have had before. You may need any of the following:

How is ectopic pregnancy treated?

Your body may absorb the pregnancy tissues and your symptoms may decrease without any treatment. If this does not happen, you may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Where can I get support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Call your doctor if:

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