An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants or attaches somewhere other than a woman’s uterus. Ectopic pregnancies frequently implant in the Fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy cannot turn into a normal pregnancy.
At PGOMG, we understand the sensitivity and compassion needed in cases of ectopic pregnancy, and we are experienced in providing the assistance needed during and after this time.
If left untreated, an ectopic pregnancy could be very dangerous. When left alone, the egg growing outside of the uterus will continue to grow and could damage or burst a Fallopian tube, resulting in heavy bleeding. Immediate emergency care may be required. It is important for women considering a pregnancy or who recently became pregnant to be aware of ectopic pregnancy symptoms and to speak with their PGOMG provider about any concerns.
Ectopic pregnancy symptoms
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy can vary from woman to woman, and unfortunately, they often mirror common first trimester symptoms such as breast tenderness, nausea, morning sickness, and fatigue. However, there are additional symptoms women should be aware of that can indicate an ectopic pregnancy. These include:
• Vaginal spotting or bleeding
• Abdominal tenderness or pain
• Shoulder pain, particularly when lying down
• Paleness, dizziness, or fainting in the event of a Fallopian tube rupture
The symptoms listed above are very serious, so please seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing any of them.
What happens if my pregnancy is ectopic?
If your provider suspects an ectopic pregnancy, he or she will recommend a pelvic exam, blood test, and ultrasound. The blood test will measure your hormone levels, and the ultrasound will allow your provider to examine your Fallopian tubes and uterus. In the event that an ectopic pregnancy is found, then a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure may be performed in order to remove the tissue outside of the uterus. Your provider will discuss and recommend any additional treatment or medications if needed.
If you are concerned about ectopic pregnancy symptoms, please contact PGOMG right away to discuss how you are feeling and whether a visit to our office is needed.