How soon would you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

How soon would you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy usually develop between the 4th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. Some women don’t have any symptoms at first. They may not find out they have an ectopic pregnancy until an early scan shows the problem or they develop more serious symptoms later on.

What is the longest ectopic pregnancy?

Marina Hoey (UK), gave birth to Sam on 22 May 2002 at the Royal-Jubilee Maternity Service, Belfast, after an ectopic pregnancy of 233 days (33rd week).

Can an ectopic pregnancy go full term?

The chance of carrying an ectopic pregnancy to full term is so remote, and the risk to the woman so great, that it can never be recommended. It would be ideal if an ectopic pregnancy in the Fallopian tube could be saved by surgery to relocate it into the uterus.

Can an ectopic pregnancy go away on its own?

It is possible for an early ectopic pregnancy to end in miscarriage on its own. However, in most cases it does not, and medical intervention is needed. To treat ectopic pregnancy, the doctor will recommend either a surgical procedure or a medication called methotrexate.

Does shoulder pain in early pregnancy always mean ectopic?

If you feel pain in your shoulder very early in your first trimester, the cause might be an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. This is when the embryo implant outside the uterus — usually in the Fallopian tube. People with an ectopic pregnancy typically have symptoms between weeks 4 and 12 of pregnancy.

What does ectopic pain feel like?

There might be pain in the pelvis, abdomen, or even the shoulder or neck (if blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy builds up and irritates certain nerves). The pain can range from mild and dull to severe and sharp. It might be felt on just one side of the pelvis or all over.

Do ectopic pregnancies test positive?

You may not notice any symptoms at first. However, some women who have an ectopic pregnancy have the usual early signs or symptoms of pregnancy — a missed period, breast tenderness and nausea. If you take a pregnancy test, the result will be positive. Still, an ectopic pregnancy can’t continue as normal.

How soon would an ectopic pregnancy cause pain?

Women with an ectopic pregnancy may have irregular bleeding and pelvic or belly (abdominal) pain. The pain is often just on 1 side. Symptoms often happen 6 to 8 weeks after the last normal menstrual period. If the ectopic pregnancy is not in the fallopian tube, symptoms may happen later.

How long do I wait to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy?

While there is no clear, researched evidence on how long a woman should wait to try to conceive after having treatment for ectopic pregnancy, we and other medical professionals advise you wait for at least three months or two full menstrual cycles (periods) before trying to conceive for both physical and emotional reasons.

Can you carry an ectopic pregnancy to term?

Unfortunately, ectopic pregnancies can rarely be carried to term, or at least to viability. With tubal pregnancies, there is no chance that the pregnancy can go on.

What are the signs of tubal pregnancy?

The symptoms and signs of tubal pregnancy to watch out for are – Pain is the main sign of tubal pregnancy. Lower abdomen pain and inflammation is the warning sign of this condition. There could be one sided pain or pelvic cramping or tenderness. In addition a woman may have pain while urinating, having a bowel movement, or otherwise.

How far along can an ectopic pregnancy go?

An ectopic pregnancy may be found at any time between five weeks and 14 weeks of pregnancy (NHS Choices 2014, NICE 2013). However, it is most likely to be found at about six weeks of pregnancy, as most women experience symptoms about two weeks after they miss a period ( RCOG 2010a).