Ectopic Pregnancy

• An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants and grows outside of the uterus, most commonly within your fallopian tube.

• Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include vaginal bleeding and one-sided pelvic pain.

• The cause of ectopic pregnancy is sometimes not known; however, women with the following risk factors have a higher chance of developing an ectopic pregnancy:

• History of severe pelvic infections

• Endometriosis

• Cigarette smoking

• Increasing maternal age

• History of infertility

• Prior surgery on the fallopian tubes

• Prior pelvic or abdominal surgery

• Previous ectopic pregnancy

• Ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed based on a combination of your symptoms, pelvic examination, blood hormone levels, and pelvic ultrasound.

• Early diagnosis and treatment is important because it lessens your chance of tubal rupture and severe hemorrhage.

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