Ectopic Pregnancy - Symptoms
ectopic pregnancy often feels like a normal pregnancy.
A woman with an ectopic pregnancy may experience common signs of early
pregnancy, such as:
- A missed menstrual period.
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.
ectopic pregnancy progresses, though, other symptoms may develop, including:
- Belly pain or pelvic pain that may get worse with movement or straining. It may
occur sharply on one side at first and then spread throughout the pelvic
- Heavy or severe vaginal bleeding.
- Pain with intercourse or during a
- Dizziness, lightheadedness,
or fainting (syncope) caused by internal bleeding.
- Signs of shock.
- Shoulder pain caused by
bleeding into the abdomen under the
diaphragm. The bleeding irritates the diaphragm and is
experienced as shoulder pain.
miscarriage often are similar to symptoms experienced
in early ectopic pregnancy. For more information, see the topic