The uterus, or womb, is the place where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg grows in the wrong 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
- Common Discomforts of Pregnancy (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
Treatments and Therapies
- Dilation and curettage (D&C) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: The role of SK3 in progesterone-induced inhibition of human fallopian tubal...
- Article: Ultrasound for monitoring twin cesarean scar pregnancy following feticide.
- Article: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Association between Endometriosis and Ectopic Pregnancy.
- Ectopic Pregnancy -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Also in Spanish
- Find an Ob-Gyn (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Also in Spanish
- Ectopic/Tubal Pregnancy and Miscarriage (Boston Children's Hospital)