What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Updated: Apr 20

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg is located outside the lining of the uterus. During ovulation, an egg is released, it mates with a sperm and becomes an embryo. The embryo must travel through the fallopian tube into the uterus.

In the case of an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus. Instead, it may be found around the ovary, abdominal cavity, the lower part of the cervix or in the fallopian tube.

The symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Weakness and dizziness

  • Absence of menstrual period

  • Shoulder tip pain

  • Signs of pregnancy