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AnswerAn ectopic pregnancy is when your fertilized egg does not release entirely into the uterus and your pregnancy develops inside your falopian tube.

Ectopic pregnancy happens when the sperm has fertilized the egg and the resulting embryo develops inside the fallopian tube. This happens in the first trimester and usually but NOT alwaysthe growing embryo, confined within the fallopian tube, produces pressure on nerves resulting in sharp abdominal pains or cramps.

Always investigate unusual cramping, out of cycle uterine bleeding or continuous pain. You may be (like me) miraculously free of any pain with an ectopic pregnancy. Continuous bleeding and extreme fatigue were my only symptoms during my entire 6 week ectopic ordeal.

REFUSE to accept advice from any medical professional who tells you to come back for an examination "when the bleeding stops".

In 1987, I changed doctors three times till I was able to secure provable medical results that were not simply the opinion of my overworked doctor. After 6 interminable weeks of juggling doctors, I finally saw a specialist who took less than 72 hours to determine that (a) I was indeed pregnant and (b) the pregnancy was non-viable and most likely ectopic (c)I needed immediate surgery, which was completed within 24 hours of the final result.

Had I followed my original family doctor's orders, I'd be dead now; my loving husband would be widower and our (then) small son would have grown up without the guidance and love of his Mother.

INSIST on seeing a specialist if your doctor does not have answers for you: Your life and the welfare of your family may be at stake. Ectopic pregnancy and a doctor's lack of knowledge can kill you. If you suspect you are having an ectopic pregnancy, you owe it to your family's future to be pro-active and educate yourself.


An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy which is not where it should be, it may be in the fallopian tubes, which is the most common ectopic pregnancy, but it could be in the cervix or very rarely outside the uterus, or as in my case, implanted in the caesarean section scar of the uterus. Symptoms can be spotting, pain in either side of the abdomen, or absence of an embryo in your ultrasound scan. Treatment can be either surgery or an injection of a chemotherapy drug called methotrexate which stops the pregnancy in its tracks ie: prevents the cells from developing further.
An ectopic pregnancy is where the fertilised egg plants itself anywhere but inside the uterus/womb, which means it could be in the fallopian tube, cervix etc. It is not a viable pregnancy.

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Can you have a period with an ectopic pregnancy?

can i still have a period with a ectopic pregnancy

Can trichomoniasis cause ectopic pregnancy?

Trichomoniasis won't cause an ectopic pregnancy.

What causes an ectopic pregnancy?

It is really unknown at the time about what causes an ectopic pregnancy.

When was Ectopic pregnancy discovered?

Ectopic pregnancy was first described in the eleventh century

Can you get heart burn with an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy has nothing to do with heart burn.

Can you test positive for a pregnancy test if it's an ectopic pregnancy?

Yes you can....I have unfortunately had two ectopic pregnancies and tested positive for both.....

When to expect normal menstruation after an ectopic pregnancy?

when can i expect menstruation after my operation of an ectopic pregnancy?

Could your next pregnancy be ectopic pregnancy also?

Well the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy is .25% which is less then 1% which would make it almost completely uncommon for a 2nd pregnancy to be ectopic, but that percent is possible, especially if you have previous....ectopic pregnancy. But its a low percent.

If you had an ectopic pregnancy can you have a normal pregnancy later?

Yes, however, there is a likelihood of another ectopic pregnancy if you have a first one.

Is one ectopic pregnancy happend again it repeted or not?

Someone who had an ectopic pregnancy is at higher risk for another in the future, but many women go on to have a uterine pregnancy after ectopic.

Can you have a negative pregnancy test if you are having an ectopic pregnancy?

if you go here it tells you all about ectopic pregnancy's

Can an ectopic pregnancy miscarry?

Yes, an ectopic pregnancy most often ends in miscarriage. An ectopic pregnancy cannot go to term because the fallopian tubes are not designed to house a growing baby

What and how is ectopic pregnancy happen?

An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilised egg attaches itself outside the uterus. The most common place where the ectopic pregnancy occurs is the fallopian tubes. Other possible areas where the ectopic could occur are the ovaries, abdomen and the cervix. The cause for ectopic pregnancy is mostly unknown. However endometriosis, any surgery to the abdomen, previous pelvic inflammatory disease all increase the chances of an ectopic pregnancy.

Early symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

Early symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are spotting that does not go away, and pain on the side where the ectopic is. However, these symptoms mimick normal pregnancy symptoms. It is difficult to diagnose an ectopic any earlier than 4 weeks.

Whats the difference between a pregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy?

A normal pregnancy is when the foetus grow in the womb where it's supposed to be, whereas an ectopic pregnancy is where the foetus is growing in the fallopian tubes, this is very serious if you suspect an ectopic pregnancy go strait to you GP or nearest A&E department, Ectopic pregnancies can be potentially life threatening.

Can a ectopic pregnancy be saved?

No it can not.

You had bv a few times what are your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy?

Your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy from BV is about zero.

HCG present in ectopic pregnancy?

Yes. In both urine and blood tests, HCG is present in ectopic pregnancy.

Where are some places you can go if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

Go to the ER right away. Ectopic pregnancy is very dangerous.

Can you have an ectopic pregnancy after a healthy pregnancy?

YES! of course

What exactly does ectopic pregnancy mean?

An ectopic pregnancy is a uncommon pregnancy in which the pregnancy occurs outside of the womb. Most of the time the fetus (newborn) will not be able to develop and survive.

When you become pregnant and then catch a STD how long would it take before it become a ectopic pregnancy?

An STD may cause ectopic pregnancy in the future, but won't change a uterine pregnancy to an ectopic pregnancy if you contract it after you're already pregnant.

Will a home pregnancy test show an ectopic pregnancy?

no, only that there is a pregnancy.

Do you need an ultrasound to tell if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

Yes, you do. An ectopic pregnancy is just like a "regular" pregnancy for the first few weeks. Everything feels the same. An ultrasound is done early in a pregnancy to check things out, and if a pregnancy is ectopic, a good ultrasound technician will be able to spot it. There is no other non-invasive way to discover an ectopic pregnancy, and because of the risks posed by an ectopic pregnancy, it is critical to discover it early - if in fact there is one. Ectopic pregnancies are invariably life-threatening events, and prenatal care is important for that and many other reasons.

What is an ectopic?

An ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the fertilized ovum is developed in any tissue other than the uterine wall.