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Ectopic pregnancy: symptoms

Ectopic pregnancy: symptoms


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The purpose of the first visit to a pregnant gynecologist is usually to assess the correct implantation of the egg. If it does not go to the uterus in its wandering, but grows outside it, we are talking about an ectopic pregnancy: a complication that threatens the life and health of a woman, and therefore requires immediate medical intervention. Unfortunately, many women postpone the visit to a specialist and a pregnancy developing outside the uterus is diagnosed very late when the risk to a woman's health is high.

What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

Performing a pregnancy test can DO NOT give a positive result in an ectopic pregnancy (!!!) Despite this, the body usually signals 4-6 weeks after conception that women are undergoing major changes. The most common symptoms are typical of normal pregnancy:

  • stopping monthly bleeding
  • breast pain
  • nausea.

In addition, there may be alarming signals:

  • Lower abdominal pain - moderate, chronic or severe and severe most often located in one area of ​​the abdomen (most often in the left or right fallopian tube),
  • in advanced form, when bleeding occurs, the pain is sharp, also felt in the shoulders,
  • discomfort when moving, changing position, coughing,
  • weakness, tiredness, fainting
  • weak pulse
  • low blood pressure,
  • dizziness,
  • unusual vaginal bleeding (brown or red discharge, reminiscent of monthly bleeding but with a much lighter course).

Unfortunately, it also happens that an ectopic pregnancy gives no symptoms. In this situation, it is important to see your doctor if your monthly bleeding has stopped. The first symptom during a visit to a specialist may be feeling uncomfortable during an abdomen examination. However, the most important test to diagnose the problem is ultrasound.

When does the risk of uterine pregnancy increase?

In case of: