An Overview of Ectopic Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy
are similar to those of a normal early pregnancy. This may offer one reason why an early ectopic pregnancy can be missed by a healthcare provider. However, in women with risk factors for an ectopic pregnancy (see Ectopic Pregnancy Causes
), the suspicion is usually increased.
- Lower abdominal (stomach) or pelvic pain (present in more than 90 percent of cases)
- Late menstrual period (present in up to 90 percent of cases)
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting (present in up to 80 percent of cases).
Other symptoms may include:
- Mild cramping on one side of the pelvis
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea, dizziness, or not feeling well.
Serious Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms
If an ectopic pregnancy has ruptured, pain can occur in the pelvis, abdomen (stomach), or even the shoulder or neck. This pain can vary from long-lasting, throbbing pain to intense, shooting pain. Symptoms of shock may also occur. In fact, many times, with an ectopic pregnancy, symptoms of shock are the first sign that something is wrong. These symptoms may include:
- Increased heart rate.
Final Thoughts on Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms
The symptoms of ectopic pregnancy discussed in this article are not sure signs of the condition. Other conditions share a number of these symptoms. However, given the seriousness of an ectopic pregnancy, call your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant and start experiencing pain or any of these other symptoms.