Signs and Symptoms
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.
It might be felt on just one side of the pelvis or all over.
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 it feel like when you have an ectopic pregnancy?
Often, the first warning sign of an ectopic pregnancy is pelvic pain. If blood leaks from the fallopian tube, you may feel increasing abdominal pain, an urge to have a bowel movement or pelvic discomfort. If heavy bleeding (hemorrhaging) occurs, you may feel shoulder pain as blood fills your pelvis and abdomen.
Does pain from ectopic pregnancy come and go?
Sharp or stabbing pain that may come and go and vary in intensity. (The pain may be in the pelvis, abdomen, or even the shoulder and neck due to blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy gathering up under the diaphragm). Vaginal bleeding, heavier or lighter than your normal period. Gastrointestinal symptoms.
What does shoulder pain feel like with ectopic pregnancy?
Shoulder tip pain is an unusual pain felt where your shoulder ends and your arm begins. It’s not known exactly why it occurs, but it can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy causing some internal bleeding, so you should get medical advice right away if you experience it.
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.
Can ectopic pregnancy be detected at 4 weeks?
The diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy may sometimes be difficult, and symptoms may occur from as early as 4 weeks pregnant and up to 12 weeks or even later. Not all women experience symptoms.
Does urine test show ectopic pregnancy?
A negative pregnancy test does not absolutely rule out pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy; it may simply be too early to detect hCG in the mother’s urine or blood. In an ectopic pregnancy, the blood level of hCG is usually lower than in a normally developing pregnancy and also rises at a slower-than-normal rate.
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.
Do you have cramps with ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening for the mother and can’t result in a live birth. You may have mild cramps followed by sudden, sharp, stabbing pains on one side of your lower belly. The pain can get so severe that you also feel it in your shoulder and lower back.