When you’re pregnant, certain health conditions may warrant immediate treatment. Being proactive and learning about your pregnancy can help avoid complications.

An ectopic pregnancy is one such condition; it is diagnosed with an ultrasound and is a medical emergency. Continue reading to learn more about this condition and when to seek help.

Are There Any Symptoms?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants in a location other than the uterus, such as in a fallopian tube or in the cervix. This is a non-viable pregnancy, which cannot survive and can cause severe bleeding without treatment.

Some women don’t experience signs of an ectopic pregnancy. Instead, they may have normal pregnancy symptoms and receive a positive test result.

But as the pregnancy continues, symptoms may appear, including:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Light vaginal bleeding
  • Urge to have a bowel movement

If the egg has implanted in a fallopian tube and caused a rupture, serious symptoms can occur:

  • Fainting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shock

What Can I Do to Prevent This Condition?

An ectopic pregnancy can’t be prevented, but risk factors like STIs, a previous ectopic pregnancy, and fertility treatments can increase your chances of having one.

If you experience any symptoms, you should seek emergency treatment. Without it, bleeding from a ruptured fallopian tube can be fatal.

An ultrasound can also identify whether you have this condition, so you should schedule one.

The scan will also determine your pregnancy’s viability (if it is progressing normally and has a detectable heartbeat) and gestational age (how far along you are). It’s a valuable diagnostic tool for assessing your pregnancy’s health.

We’re Here For You

If you’ve recently learned you’re pregnant, HopePlace Fordyce offers free, confidential pregnancy tests to confirm a potential pregnancy.

We may also be able to provide a free ultrasound referral and transportation to that appointment.

Your health deserves to be protected. Make an appointment today to learn more.