Information About Ectopic Pregnancy

In an ectopic pregnancy, a fertilized egg implants itself somewhere outside the uterus, which can cause serious complications. Ectopic pregnancies are rare; they occur in about 1 out of every 60 pregnancies. In most cases, the egg implants itself in one of the fallopian tubes, but implantation can also occur on an ovary, inside the abdomen (stomach), or in the cervix.
 
Symptoms may include lower abdominal (stomach) pain, pelvic pain, and vaginal bleeding or spotting. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, it will need to be removed in order to prevent serious threats to your health. They are usually treated medically with a drug known as methotrexate. Methotrexate stops the growth of the embryo and is successful in treating ectopic pregnancies in up to 94 percent of women. If methotrexate is not an option, surgery may be necessary.
 
(Click Ectopic Pregnancy for more information about this condition, including how it may affect future pregnancies.)
 

Information About Ectopic Pregnancy

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