An early 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.
- Tender breasts.
- Increased urination.
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.
- 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 region.
- Heavy or severe vaginal bleeding.
- Pain with intercourse or during a pelvic exam.
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting (syncope) caused by internal bleeding.
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- Shoulder pain caused by bleeding into the abdomen under the Reference diaphragm Opens New Window. The bleeding irritates the diaphragm and is experienced as shoulder pain.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology