An ectopic pregnancy is one that is growing outside the uterus (womb). Often, an ectopic pregnancy grows in one of the Fallopian tubes. Around 1% of pregnancies are ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy is very serious and can be life threatening.
Why we are giving you information about ectopic pregnancy?
The doctor or nurse at bpas will talk to you about the likelihood of these possibilities occurring based on your medical history.
An ectopic pregnancy can happen to any woman. Some conditions make it more likely. These include:
What to expect
If the doctor or nurse feels that you are low risk, you can return for a repeat scan in a week. The doctor or nurse should then be able to see whether the pregnancy is growing inside the uterus on the ultrasound scan.
If the doctor or nurse feels that you are higher risk, you will be referred right away to an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) at an NHS hospital. They will be able to do blood tests or other tests to find out if the pregnancy is normal, a miscarriage or an ectopic.
We can refer you to an EPAU even if you are at low risk of ectopic pregnancy. Please tell the doctor or nurse if you want this option.
Signs or symptoms of ectopic pregnancy
If you have any of these, seek medical advice immediately from:
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