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Ectopic pregnancy

By Anonymous October 12, 2016 - 1:44pm
 
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So, how are you suppose to tell if you are having an ectopic pregnancy or just a period? I researched that ectopic pregnancies cause bleeding so what if what you thought was your period was actually an ectopic pregnancy? Is there a way to tell?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for writing to EmpowHER!

Ectopic pregnancy can be very dangerous for the mother and unborn child. When the fetus starts to develop in organs other than the uterus, the organ is stretched until it bursts, which causes severe bleeding. Normally, with ectopic pregnancies live birth does not occur.

Symptoms include the following:

Abdominal pain
Absence of menstrual pain
Vaginal bleeding or intermittent bleeding (spotting)
Breast tenderness
Nausea
Vomiting
Frequent urination
Dizziness or fainting (caused by blood loss)
Low blood pressure (cause by blood loss)
Lower back pain

Ectopic pregnancies can be difficult to determine because symptoms can mimic a normal pregnancy. Please talk to your doctor about your concerns but you need to take a test first. If it's negative, you're not pregnant, ectopic or otherwise.

Best,
Susan

October 13, 2016 - 4:39am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thank you for this info v is the bleeding that an ectopic pregnancy may cause, the same appearance as a period? Does the bleeding last as long as a period? Does it look the same etc. Can ectopic pregnancies be painless?

October 13, 2016 - 7:56am
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