An ectopic pregnancy differs from an ordinary uterine pregnancy in the sense that the implantation of the fetal egg occurs outside of the uterine cavity. Instead, implantation may occur in the fallopian tube, tubal angle, cervix or abdominal cavity.
It’s often hard to suspect an ectopic pregnancy in its early stages, as the symptoms do not differ much from a normal pregnancy. Symptoms may include vaginal bleeding, sometimes in the form of blood clots. This is caused by a fertilized egg penetrating the muscle wall of the tube as it grows. Other symptoms may include intense pain in the lower abdomen, diarrhoea, dizziness, or pain during bowel movements.
An ectopic pregnancy cannot proceed normally - it is a serious condition. The fertilized egg cannot survive and the bleeding from the growing tissue can become life-threatening if left untreated. Therefore, ectopic pregnancies require emergency medical care.
Consult your doctor immediately if you are in the early stages of pregnancy and experience potential symptoms such as intense pain in the lower abdomen or bloody discharge.