Ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg stays in your fallopian tube. In that case, it's called an ectopic pregnancy or a tubal pregnancy. In rare cases, the fertilized egg attaches to one of your ovaries, another organ in your abdomen, the cornua (or horn) of the uterus or even the cervix. In any case, instead of celebrating your pregnancy, you find your life is in danger. Ectopic pregnancies require emergency treatment.
Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy include Light vaginal bleeding, Nausea and vomiting with pain, Lower abdominal pain, Sharp abdominal cramps, Pain on one side of your body, Dizziness or weakness, Pain in your shoulder, neck, or rectum, If the fallopian tube ruptures, the pain and bleeding could be severe enough to cause fainting. Ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg gets stuck on its way to the uterus, often because the fallopian tube is damaged by inflammation or is misshapen.
A pelvic test can be done to check for pain, tenderness, or a mass in the fallopian tube or ovary in ectopic pregnancy. If the ectopic pregnancy is detected early, an injection of the drug methotrexate is sometimes used to stop cell growth and dissolve existing cells. It's imperative that the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is certain before this treatment is undertaken. In other cases, ectopic pregnancy is usually treated with laparoscopic surgery. In this procedure, a small incision is made in the abdomen, near or in the navel. Then your doctor uses a thin tube equipped with a camera lens and light (laparoscope) to view the area.