The uterus, or womb, is an important female reproductive organ. It is the place where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg grows in an abnormal place, outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. The result is usually a miscarriage.
Ectopic pregnancy can be a medical emergency if it ruptures. Signs of ectopic pregnancy include
- Abdominal pain
- Shoulder pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Feeling dizzy or faint
Get medical care right away if you have these signs. Doctors use drugs or surgery to remove the ectopic tissue so it doesn't damage your organs. Many women who have had ectopic pregnancies go on to have healthy pregnancies later.
Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health
- Ectopic Pregnancy (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Ectopic Pregnancy (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF Available in Spanish
- Ectopic Pregnancy (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) - PDF
- Ectopic Pregnancy (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Ectopic Pregnancy (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Abdominal Pain or Cramping (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF Available in Spanish
- hCG Test (Pregnancy Test) (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
- Obstetrical Ultrasound (Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology) Available in Spanish
- Progesterone Test (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
- Dilation and Curettage (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF
- Female Sterilization: Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy After Tubal Sterilization (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Diethylstilbestrol (DES) and Cancer (National Cancer Institute) Available in Spanish
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF
- Pregnancy Loss: How to Cope (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- What Is the Risk for a Second Ectopic Pregnancy? (Nemours Foundation)
- Possible Early Warning of Pregnancy Abnormalities (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Aberrant expression of leukemia inhibitory factor receptor (LIFR) and leukemia...
- Article: Ultrasonography for the prediction of extension of trophoblastic infiltration into...
- Article: The efficacy of complete blood count parameters in the diagnosis...
- Ectopic Pregnancy -- see more articles
- Ectopic/Tubal Pregnancy (Children's Hospital Boston)