An ectopic pregnancy happens outside of the womb. It cannot survive. Most happen within a fallopian tube. It can also happen the cervix, an ovary, or the abdomen.
It is more common in women who are 40 years of age or older.
These things may raise your risk:
You will be asked about your symptoms. You will also be asked about your health history. A physical exam will be done.
Blood tests and urine tests will be done.
Pictures may be taken. This can be done with an ultrasound.
You may be monitored or you may have:
If the pregnancy is small and has not ruptured (burst), you may be given a medicine to stop it from growing.
Surgery may be needed if the pregnancy has ruptured or if it is not in the fallopian tube. The pregnancy will be removed.
If the pregnancy is in the fallopian tube, the doctor may be able to fix the tube. In severe cases, the tube may need to be removed.
To lower the chance of this condition:
- Abstain from sex.
- Always use a condom during sex.
- Limit sex to one partner.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 05/2018 -
- Update Date: 08/07/2018 -