When should I go to the hospital for an ectopic pregnancy?
Call your doctor right away if you have any new or increased pain or bleeding. If you have other symptoms, such as shoulder pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, call your doctor right away. These could be signs of internal bleeding. You also may need to come back for more tests.
How early can an ectopic pregnancy rupture?
The structure containing the fetus typically ruptures after about 6 to 16 weeks, long before the fetus is able to live on its own. When an ectopic pregnancy ruptures, bleeding may be severe and even threaten the life of the woman.
Is an ectopic pregnancy an emergency?
An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency. The uterus is uniquely suited to hold a growing fetus. It’s an organ that can stretch and expand as the fetus grows. Your fallopian tubes aren’t as flexible.
What signs and symptoms are most expected with an ectopic pregnancy?
Ectopic Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
- Light vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain.
- Upset stomach and vomiting.
- Sharp abdominal cramps.
- Pain on one side of your body.
- Dizziness or weakness.
- Pain in your shoulder, neck, or rectum.
What’s ectopic pregnancy pain like?
Often, the first warning signs of an ectopic pregnancy are pain or vaginal bleeding. There might be pain in the pelvis, abdomen, or even the shoulder or neck (if blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy builds up and irritates certain nerves). The pain can range from mild and dull to severe and sharp.
What is ectopic bleeding like?
It often starts and stops, and can be bright or dark red in colour. Some women mistake this bleeding for a regular period and do not realise they are pregnant. Shoulder tip pain — shoulder tip pain is felt where your shoulder ends and your arm begins.
What is unruptured ectopic pregnancy?
Early diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy prior to rupture and haemorrhage is extremely important. This prevents life-threatening haemorrhagic shock, excessive tubal damage and blood transfusion. Diagnosis in the unruptured state allows for a more conservative approach to patient management.
How long after an ectopic pregnancy will I bleed?
Although the pregnancy is not in the uterus, the hormones produced by the early pregnancy cause the lining of the uterus to become thickened. Therefore after your ectopic pregnancy is treated, you should expect some heavy period-like bleeding for a week or so.