Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus. A pregnancy cannot live outside of the uterus. This problem often happens in the fallopian tube. It is often caused by damage to the fallopian tube.

ExitCare ImageIf this problem is found early, you may be treated with medicine. If your tube tears or bursts open (ruptures), you will bleed inside. This is an emergency. You will need surgery. Get help right away.


You may have normal pregnancy symptoms at first. These include:

  • Missing your period.

  • Feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • Being tired.

  • Having tender breasts.

Then, you may start to have symptoms that are not normal. These include:

  • Pain with sex (intercourse).

  • Bleeding from the vagina. This includes light bleeding (spotting).

  • Belly (abdomen) or lower belly cramping or pain. This may be felt on one side.

  • A fast heartbeat (pulse).

  • Passing out (fainting) after going poop (bowel movement).

If your tube tears, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Really bad pain in the belly or lower belly. This happens suddenly.

  • Dizziness.

  • Passing out.

  • Shoulder pain.


You have any symptoms that are not normal. This is an emergency.