Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy – Its Signs And Traits


From the fertilization of the egg to the birth of the baby, pregnancy includes many critical steps. The travel of the fertilized egg to the uterus is an important step in pregnancy. In case of an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg grows on the exterior of the uterus. Usually, the egg grows somewhere else in the belly of the woman and can lead to life-threatening bleeding. 


Signs And Symptoms Of Ectopic Pregnancy 

As per the medical experts in various free women’s health clinics, an ectopic pregnancy occurs in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Some of the early signs of ectopic pregnancy include: 

  • Pain in the pelvic region and light bleeding from the vagina
  • Vomiting and nausea 
  • Sharp muscular cramps in the abdomen 
  • Weakness or dizziness 
  • Pain on one side of your body 
  • Pain in your neck, shoulder, or rectum 


An ectopic pregnancy can result in the rupture or bursting of your fallopian tube. Some of the emergency symptoms include severe pain with or without bleeding. You need to consult your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding, shoulder pain, or if you experience severe stomach pain. 


Causes And Risk Factors 

A damaged fallopian tube can be a cause of an ectopic pregnancy. As per the experts in various low income health clinics, your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy are high if you: 

  • Suffer from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Are older than thirty-five years of age 
  • Smoke cigarettes 
  • Have scarring from pelvic surgery 
  • Have STD 
  • Had an ectopic pregnancy 
  • Use fertility drugs 
  • Had fertility treatments 


Ectopic pregnancy can also occur if you become pregnant while using an intrauterine device for birth control. 


Diagnosis And Treatment Of Ectopic Pregnancy 

Usually, a pelvic exam and pregnancy test are conducted to diagnose ectopic pregnancy. An ultrasound scan might also be done to better understand the present condition of the patient’s fallopian tubes and as well as her uterus. 


As a fertilized egg cannot survive outside the uterus, your doctor will have to take the egg out of your body so that you do not have any serious health issues. Medication or surgical removal of the fertilized egg will be done as the treatment. If you are planning to get pregnant and experience any health issues, make sure to visit an affordable health clinic in your locality to ensure proper treatment.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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