What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

After an egg is fertilized, it typically travels through the fallopian tube and implants in the uterine lining. However, in an ectopic pregnancy, after fertilization, the egg implants outside the uterus in the ovary, fallopian tube, cervix, or abdominal cavity.

Without proper treatment, an ectopic pregnancy can cause serious health complications and may even become life-threatening.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy.

  • Shoulder pain
  • Extreme lightheadedness or fainting
  • Severe abdominal or pelvic pain with vaginal bleeding

Causes and Risk Factors of Ectopic Pregnancy

Damage to the fallopian tube, hormonal imbalances, or an abnormally fertilized egg may cause ectopic pregnancies. However, in some cases, the cause is unknown.

You may be at increased risk for an ectopic pregnancy if you have the following conditions:

Diagnosis of an Ectopic Pregnancy

Early detection of an ectopic pregnancy is key.

If you think you could be pregnant, confirming your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test is the first step. Then, you will receive a follow-up ultrasound scan that can determine the location of your pregnancy.

If your pregnancy is ectopic, you will need immediate medical intervention.

Get Help Today

Pregnancy can bring about feelings of anxiety as you think about all the unknowns and navigate your options.

Know that you don’t have to walk this journey alone. New Life Clinic is here to provide you with a variety of resources and emotional support.

We offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans that allow you to learn more about your pregnancy and ensure that there are not any major complications like an ectopic pregnancy.

We also offer additional resources like STD/STI testing, counseling, and educational classes, all free of charge.

Contact us today to make your confidential appointment.