Dangers of Ectopic Pregnancy

There are very rare cases of ectopic pregnancy. This happens only in about 2 out of 100 pregnancy. However, ectopic pregnancies have been pretty common in past 3 decades. There are some real dangers of ectopic pregnancy which will be studied in the following arrays of the article.

What is Ectopic Pregnancy?

What is Ectopic Pregnancy?

Normal pregnancies develop inside a woman’s uterus. However, “ectopic” means out of place and thus, in case of ectopic pregnancy, a fertilized egg attaches to the woman’s fallopian tube or any other part of the woman body like on the cervix, ovary or any other part in the woman’s abdomen.

Though ectopic pregnancies are not very common yet since past some years they have become common. It must be mentioned that ectopic pregnancies are really serious.

Dangers of Ectopic Pregnancy:

It is right to mention that ectopic pregnancy is life threatening. It must be mentioned that ectopic pregnancy is one of the leading cause of pregnancy-related death caused during the first trimester in the U.S.A.

Some of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy could be dizziness, weakness, pain on one side of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, shoulder and neck pain etc. however some of the dangers of ectopic pregnancy include the following:

  • Vaginal bleeding with nausea, lightheadedness, fainting, shoulder pain etc. You need to immediately call your doctor when you experience such symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.
  • Ectopic pregnancies are also known as tubal pregnancies as the embryo grows in the fallopian tube. It must be mentioned that such ectopic pregnancies or tubal pregnancies are medical emergencies and one should get immediate medical treatment from a doctor or must be taken to the emergency room in a nearby hospital. The growing embryo in the fallopian tube can rupture or burst the fallopian tube and this can cause internal bleeding and infection and can also be life threatening for the pregnant woman. Without emergency medical help, there may be rapid bleeding in to the abdomen from the ruptured fallopian tube or any other organ where the embryo has been growing and thus can cause the patient to die from shock caused due to seriously low blood pressure.


It is true to say that ectopic pregnancy usually do not come out successful. However, the life of the pregnant woman could be saved if it is diagnosed earlier and proper treatments are undergone. So, in order to keep safe from the dangers of ectopic pregnancy, kindly consult with your doctor and know about the effective treatments.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 12, 2017

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