How soon would you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?
First signs of an ectopic pregnancy may include: Vaginal bleeding, which may be light. Abdominal (belly) pain or pelvic pain, usually 6 to 8 weeks after a missed period.
What does a ruptured ectopic pregnancy feel like?
Signs and Symptoms
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.
How long can you go with an ectopic pregnancy?
The fetus rarely survives longer than a few weeks because tissues outside the uterus do not provide the necessary blood supply and structural support to promote placental growth and circulation to the developing fetus. If it’s not diagnosed in time, generally between 6 and 16 weeks, the fallopian tube will rupture.
Does your belly grow with ectopic pregnancy?
The egg attaches in the uterus and starts to grow. But in an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches (or implants) someplace other than the uterus, most often in the fallopian tube. In rare cases, the egg implants in an ovary, the cervix, or the belly. There is no way to save an ectopic pregnancy.
Will an ectopic pregnancy test positive?
If you take a pregnancy test, the result will be positive. Still, an ectopic pregnancy can’t continue as normal. As the fertilized egg grows in the improper place, signs and symptoms become more noticeable.
What causes an ectopic pregnancy to rupture?
An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency in which a fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. Usually, an ectopic pregnancy is situated in one of the fallopian tubes. As it grows, it can cause the tube to tear or burst. This results in dangerous internal bleeding.
Do ectopic pregnancies always bleed?
The most common early signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include: Lower stomach pain. Ectopic pregnancy pain is often located on one side of the body. Vaginal bleeding, which may be dark, watery and heavier, lighter or more prolonged than a normal period.
How would you know if your fallopian tube burst?
An ectopic pregnancy can cause your fallopian tube to burst or rupture. Emergency symptoms include major pain, with or without severe bleeding. Call your doctor right away if you have heavy vaginal bleeding with lightheadedness, fainting, or shoulder pain, or if you have severe belly pain, especially on one side.