Ectopic Pregnancy & Abortion
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants and develops outside the uterus, most commonly in a fallopian tube, and is a life-threatening event for the mother if left untreated.
An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and as the developing embryo continues to grow in the fallopian tube, it can cause the tube to rupture. Heavy bleeding inside the abdomen is likely. Symptoms of this life-threatening event include extreme lightheadedness, fainting and shock.
Approximately one in every 100 women run the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.
Seek emergency medical help if you have any signs or symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, including:
- Severe abdominal or pelvic pain accompanied by vaginal bleeding
- Extreme lightheadedness or fainting
- Shoulder pain