Ectopic Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms




Sometimes called a tubular pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy can be a harrowing experience for a woman to have.  In many cases, the woman who has an ectopic pregnancy she may not even know that there is anything wrong with her pregnancy.  She may begin to make plans for her pregnancy.  Almost without a warning, these plans and dreams can come crashing to the ground with abdominal pain or an ultrasound that reveals that she has an ectopic pregnancy.  Statistics suggest that this is quite common, and that a large number of miscarriage are due to an ectopic pregnancy.

It is important to understand exactly what an ectopic pregnancy is.  An ectopic pregnancy refers to a condition in which the egg, when fertilized, implants somewhere other than the uterus.  The fertilized egg develops until it is big enough to cause pain for the mother.  Generally, the fertilized egg attaches to the fallopian tubes, the cervix, or in the abdomen.  The fertilized egg cannot develop normally and receive nutrition in these locations.  There is no procedure that can move a fertilized egg from one of these locations to the uterus.

There are a variety of ways that you can know if you’re having an ectopic pregnancy.  With an ectopic pregnancy, you may have abdominal or lower back pain.  You might experience some vaginal spotting or bleeding.  You might be dizzy or faint.  Your blood pressure might be low.  You may experience other symptoms of pregnancy, including nausea.

Generally, an ectopic pregnancy will produce a positive pregnancy test.  If your hCG levels are lower than expected, however, this can be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy.




An ectopic pregnancy is treated surgically.  The health care provider removes the fertilized egg from the woman’s body.  This can be done laparoscopically, which is much less painful and evasive than traditional surgeries.  If an ectopic pregnancy is detected extremely early, it can be treated with an injection which will dissolve the fertilized egg.  After treatment for an ectopic pregnancy, your health care provider will likely want to see you again soon to make sure that your hCG levels return to normal.

Ectopic pregnancy cannot be prevented.  Having your tubes tied, having endometriosis, having pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and having previous ectopic pregnancies or other conditions that have left the fallopian tubes scarred are all factors that increase the risk of having an ectopic pregnancy.

Having an ectopic pregnancy does not, in general, prevent a woman from later having a successful pregnancy.  However, about 30 percent of women who have had an ectopic pregnancy will have at least some difficulty getting pregnant again.

  • shell bell

    I’m only my fourth injection depovera last two weeks I’ve be ln gettin fresh and brown blood sometimes through day and night for two weeks now

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Not sure this is the right page to post on for this comment as this is about ectopic pregnancies. https://www.babyhopes.com/articles/depopregnancytest.html is a more topical page. Having said that, it could be that your body is not reacting well to the depo shot. You might want to talk to your doctor about it.

  • zobo

    I have been experiencing loeer abdominal pain that feels like period cramps for 3 days on and off. I was due for my period on the 25th and now am spotting light pink blood for two wipes. Is that a sign of an ectopic pregnancy? I already have 1 child via c section.. not sure if that makes a difference.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, there is no way for me to tell. If you are in pain, you really need to see a doctor. Have you taken any pregnancy tests?

  • zilla

    My last period on 15th nov 2014, test was positive. ? Scan still cant see any sac. Sometimes had rt lower abdo pain. Hcg done 9500 and after 48hrs was 13000..

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Well, based on the numbers, it sounds like you are definitely pregnant. They could have done the scan too early. They will have to redo it to make sure everything is going as it should.

  • Aleisha

    I’m on the depo shot and I been having unprotection with my boyfriend but I’ve been having lower back pains, eating a lot, constantly using the restroom, sleeping alot. I took my shot in Jan on 30th and my next one is at the end of April. Do u think I’m pregnant??

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Probably not, but did you take a pregnancy test?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Probably not, but did you take a pregnancy test?

  • Alexis

    Hi Vickie B you seem to know what you’re talking about, I know everyone posts pretty much the same thing and honestly I’ve been to so many different sites trying to get answers so if you could please help me I’d appreciate it so much. So here goes me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant for about a year now and I was suppose to start my period on the 30th of march 2015. Instead of starting my period I had extremely light spotting on my panties that day then the next day it was gone. So thinking it was just left over blood me and my husband decoded to have sex, after we got done more bright blood. It was only their when I wiped so I put a pad on just in case and the next morning it was gone and nothing on the pad. Its now April 2nd and I have slight cramping and I’m extremely tired all the time and always hungry. I took a hpt and it was negative, should I wait another week..what do you think is going on with me? Please help

  • Thomae14@gmail.com

    Wait another week then try but see your doctor to have it verified through blood work.

  • Kirah

    i had sex april.4.2015 and my boyfriend nutted a lot inside me when will i be able to find out if im pregnant?

  • Kirah

    i had sex april.4.2015 and my boyfriend nutted a lot inside me when will i be able to find out if im pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Did your period start or did you get a positive pregnancy test?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    When is your period due? You can usually test 2 or 3 days before your period is due. If you were in the middle of your cycle, you should be able to test around the 18th of April.

  • jess

    hi,,i hope you can help me,,,i had my period day 4 and i had sex with my boyfriend,,i have an irregular period at that time,,,after we had sex i tried myself to pee,,,is there any chance for me to get pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You would have to know if you were ovulating in order to guess what your chance of pregnancy would be. As you are irregular, it is hard to say.

  • Aya

    Hi. I had my period on april 5. My period calendar says im fertile on 17th. I had sex on the 18th he nutted inside me and now im really confused. I had heavy white discharge on the 19th and cramps. Am i pregnant?

  • Ash

    Hi im 22yrs old i have a 5yrs old son my last period was on the 22 of march n my period is a day late ive bin having bad lower back pain n my breast are slightly sore, i have bloating n bad feelings n im scared to take a pregnancy test cuz i really want dis baby am i pregnant? Please help

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You will have to wait until one or two days before your period is due to test to find out. You had sex at the right time so pregnancy is a possibility.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Take a test and find out. :)

  • varletta

    Hi my name is boochick and i had the depo in feb and i didnt get the shot again and i had sex fri and sat of this month which is april 15 so can i be pregnant if he nutted in me even tho i dont know if the shot has wore off

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    The depo shot is supposed to last for 3 months. If you got the shot in February, you should still be covered by it.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    The depo shot is supposed to last for 3 months. If you got the shot in February, you should still be covered by it.

  • k-dance

    My name is exxy. My fertile period is/was on 4-25-4-29. My long-term serious boyfriend and I had sex on 4-226. He finished, and I am 95% certain I was ovulating thay day. Is it possible to become pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you were having unprotected sex around the time you were ovulating then yes there is a chance you could be pregnant.

  • Cala Lorren

    Me and my husband are trying to have our 2nd baby, after we had sex for about 4 days now I’ve had abdominal pain and slimy blood spotting not a lot at once but about 3-4times a day and one time it was a little more than just spotting…I have been off my period for about a week and 3 days before we had intercourse so its not a period…should I be worried or just waitand see if the pregnancy test is pos?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Not sure what could be causing that but as it’s close to when you would be ovulating, it could be ovulatory bleeding. I wouldn’t use a pregnancy test just yet. You want to wait until you are quite a bit closer to when your next period is due to start.

  • maida lopez

    So I’ve been with my boyfriend for more than a year already…sadly I have not gotten pregnant I have irregular periods so its hard to know when I ovulate we have sex every other day also is it normal to have pain after having a transvaginal ultrasound for the first time?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It is possible to have pain. If you are concerned, you should call your doctor’s office. If you have irregular periods, you might want to look into a fertility supplement like FertilAid for Women. It can help balance your hormones which in turn can help your cycle become more regular.

  • shelby

    Hello ladies. I’m 5 weeks pregnant ( we believe) my period was April 8th I ovulated April 25. 2 days ago I experienced a small gush of brown discharge or blood. After that I have had red and brown spotting these past two days. I went to er and they said my hcg was low and the ultrasound showed nothing. Am I misscarriging.

  • candice

    I have been having irregular minstrels for a couple of months. I got off my period april 30th and started spotting the 2nd week after getting off for 3 days. Just a little light pink, didn’t have to wear a pad or anything. Now it’s time for my period again with no signs of it. It’s 3 days late do you think I could be pregnant or some health issues.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    That sounds like something you need to discuss with your doctor. Sorry you are going through a stressful time.

  • lee

    I had a miscarriage a couple of weeks ago today i went to pee and when u wiped it was light pinkish brown discharge should i be concern ? Is it possible to get pregnant again?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    it’s hard to say if you are pregnant. The bleeding could be from several reasons. It could have been ovulatory bleeding, implantation bleeding, cervical irritation or hormonal imbalance. If you had unprotected sex after the miscarriage, there is a possibility that you could have gotten pregnant though.

  • Alisha

    Hi Vickie,
    My husband and I have been TTC for almost 2 1/2 years now. We just recently started seeing a fertility specialist and they had started me on clomid 50mg and then the ovidrel injection (mind the reason as to not being able to conceive is unknown…went through all kinds of tests). I have regular periods. So I took my O injection on Saturday June 13th and did an IUI on Monday June 15th. I had light spotting on June 17th…none since then. Yesterday I was very sick….nausea, diarrhea, fatigued..juat plain sleepy, crampy feeling in stomach back and lower left abdomen. Today I am a little better but still have this kind of crampy feeling and just slight nausea. I should be starting my AF period on June 28th. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative….? What could be going on here? Could I still possibly be pregnant even with a negative test result?

  • M. Kim

    Hello. The last day of my last period was June 3rd, and I never miss my period (28 day cycle). I had unprotected sex the 11th of June. I always have breast tenderness (they feel like they’re so heavy and sore) before I get my period, usually a week or more before. But these past few days I’ve been spotting as well. I’ve experienced spotting before, I’d say 2x a year before I get my period. But this time it’s accompanied by cramps and just body ache, my hip mostly. Could it be ovulation pain or could I be pregnant? My next period is not til June 30 or July 1st. I would appreciate your input. Thank you.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    I don’t know what the cause of your symptoms is if you are not pregnant. I am not familiar with Ovidrel so I don’t know if there are any side effects from that. It could be that you are testing too early. Wait until Saturday and test again to see if you get a positive result then.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Ovulation pain would have happened earlier in the month, approximately 14 days before your period is due to start. The unprotected sex on the 11th seems a little early to result in pregnancy based on the dates your have provided. You are going to have to wait until Sunday or Monday to test to see if you are pregnant.

  • K KissesDelight Birch

    I just came from the hospital cause I wanted a ultrasound to make sure the baby was developing correctly.I had a TR on May 27,2015.I started to recently test for ovulation and all were positive.I went to another clinic and the test came out positive as well.My husband and I was excited,but the clinic said I was five weeks,the one I first had my urine test at.Not the hospital.My period was on the second or the third of June.It’s still early July.They say I conceived on the 16th or 17th.My period calendar did lock those dates as fertile,but shouldn’t I be three weeks than?When at the hospital they couldn’t see a baby.I gotten a positive urine test again.My HCG is 1689.Yet they said they still don’t know if I’m pregnant or not.They done a ultrasound. Should I be scared of a baby stuck in the tubes?Or am Im pregnant period?They say wait three more days than let my ob retest my hormone levels.

  • ashely camball

    I Have Recently Had A Baby In February And I Got The Depo After Having The Baby Then Recently On July 9,2015 I Had Sex With A Condom And It Broke And I Have A Irregular Period Due To Me Having The Baby And The Depo Shot And I Feel Like I Be Sick Sometimes And I Sometimes Have Lower Back Pain Could I Possibly Be Pregnant Again


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