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When should I call my doctor if I have an ectopic pregnancy?

Call your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy (a condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube):
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • abdominal or pelvic pain
  • shoulder pain (may signal blood build-up in the diaphragm from a ruptured fallopian tube)
  • feeling faint or dizzy (may be a sign of blood loss)
Ectopic pregnancy is a serious medical condition. Your doctor can do an ultrasound exam and blood tests to diagnose the ectopic pregnancy. Medications or possibly surgery can be used to treat an ectopic pregnancy. Once you have had one ectopic pregnancy you are at increased risk of having another one. However, many women who have had ectopic pregnancies go on to have normal pregnancies and births.

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