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I am 8 weeks pregnant and have had sharp pain on my right side but its not there all the time and shoulder pain. Is my pregnancy ectopic?

Unlikely: If you had an ultrasound that showed and intrauterine pregnancy the chance of you also having an ectopic is very very unlikely. The pain at this gestational age would be constant. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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What is the first major sign of ectopic pregnancies, how intense is the shoulder pain and what week does the shoulder pain usually start.

What is the first major sign of ectopic pregnancies, how intense is the shoulder pain and what week does the shoulder pain usually start.

Don't use symptoms: If you've had a positive test, most ectopics are pretty silent until about the 5th week at the earliest. Are you at risk for ectopic? If so and you are pregnant see a doctor asap, do not wait for symptoms. By the time you have significant shoulder pain you are already in deep trouble. ...Read more

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Is there always bleeding associated with an ectopic pregnancy or can cramps, back, shoulder pain be the only indicators?

Is there always bleeding associated with an ectopic pregnancy or can cramps, back, shoulder pain be the only indicators?

Yes: Not all ectopic pregnancy will have vaginal bleeding. Depends on the size of gestational sac many ectopic pregnancy may only have pelvid pain or cramping. Check hCG and progesterone level, and pelvic ultrasound will help you diagnose the early ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have seldom mild stomach cramps & I have seldom shoulder pain but no bleeding. Are those symptom of ectopic pregnancy?

I have seldom mild stomach cramps & I have seldom shoulder pain but no bleeding. Are those symptom of ectopic pregnancy?

Probably not: If, by "stomach cramping", you are referring to the upper part of your stomach, then if you are having simultaneous shoulder pain which is NON-positional (does not hurt more in the shoulder when you move your arm), then this implies that something may be irritating your diaphragm. One common cause is pain from gallstones. Ectopic is a possibility, but usually causes CONSTANT LOWER abdominal pain ...Read more

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How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder. I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery. How lo

How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder. I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery. How lo

Varies: The gas pain will go away quickly in most cases. The specific time will depend on a number of factors including how long was the surgery, what was done during the surgery, how heavy is the patient, how quickly can the patient be up and ambulating, etc. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. ...Read more

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Did having 3 previous c-sections cause me to get an ectopic pregnancy?

Did having 3 previous c-sections cause me to get an ectopic pregnancy?

Probably not.: Although cesarean sections have many adverse implications for future reproduction, increasing the risk of ectopic pregnancies is not one of them. The adhesions caused by cesarean section typically do not involve the tubes, rather the bladder. When the tubes are affected, infertility can occur, as can ectopics. I am not aware of any good data to prove a link with ectopics, though. ...Read more

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Could having previous c-sections cause me now to have a ectopic pregnancy?

Could having previous c-sections cause me now to have a ectopic pregnancy?

Minimal risk factor: Any pelvic surgery can increase the risk of an ectopic if any tubal damage is involved or if there are multiple adhesions (scar tissue). Like anyone else, if you have an early pregnancy and experience any pain with or without bleeding, check with your doc asap. You can also ask your doc how your tubes looked at c-section, (for peace of mind). Prior ectopic is a larger risk factor. ...Read more

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Does having previous c-sections increase my chance of having an ectopic pregnancy?

Does having previous c-sections increase my chance of having an ectopic pregnancy?

No: Previous caesarean section doesn't predispose to ectopic pregnancy. However, it does increase the likelihood of subsequent c-section deliveries depending on where the initial uteran incision was made. Complications of c-sections include hemorrhage, infection, and thromboembolism, which would all have likely presented shortly after the procedure. ...Read more

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What can be cause of Ectopic pregnancy?

What can be cause of Ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic Pregnancy: There are many possible causes of ectopic pregnancy. Any previous tubal surgery, previous history of ectopic pregnancy, history of pelvic inflammatory disease, smoking. Many occur in patients that have no risk factors at all. ...Read more

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What medications treat ectopic pregnancy?

Methotrexate: Methotrexate is used to treat an ectopic pregnancy. It is a chemotherapy drug which attacks rapidly dividing cells, like those in a pregnancy (or a cancer). ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy bad?

Pain, bleeding: An ectopic (tubal) pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside its normal location in the uterus. There are certain symptoms that could signal an ectopic pregnancy, such as abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. If you think you might have an ectopic pregnancy, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Please tell me symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

Pain and bleeding: The most common symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are lower abdominal pain and bleeding in early pregnancy. If you are having these symptoms see your doctor right away. Ultrasound and blood tests can help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in ectopic pregnancy?

PAIN and bleeeding: Or just pain with no bleeding, if u even think that is a possibility u need to see your obgyn asap or go to the er for evaluation. ...Read more

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How many weeks ectopic pregnancy can be carried?

8 wks: 1st -gyns start counting weeks of preg based on the 1st day of your last period (I know that's actually 2 wks before you ovulate & conceive, but that's the convention). Generally, an ectopic will rupture @ the 8th week +/- a week. Rarely, people might go to 12 wks, its almost impossible to go to viability (@24 + weeks). ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

How do you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

You don't - see MD!: No woman can know if she has an ectopic pregnancy by history or symptoms. Even the physician cannot know if an early pregnancy is ectopic by history and physical examination alone. One has to rely on high-quality transvaginal ultrasound and serum beta HCG levels to clinch this potentially life-threatening diagnosis. ...Read more

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Where would I have pain during ectopic pregnancy?

Where would I have pain during ectopic pregnancy?

Pelvic area: An ectopic pregnancy will usually cause pain in the pelvis and usually on either the left or right side, although sometimes in the middle. However, it depends on your anatomy, so if you are having abdominal pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding, be seen as an ectopic pregnancy is a serious problem. ...Read more

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What is an ectopic pregnancy and are they serious?

Yes: Although I am not a gynecologist the question hasn't been answered so I thought I would help. Yes, ectopics are very dangerous and if you have one you need to be evaluated by an ob/gyn as soon as possible. A ruptured ectopic can be fatal. ...Read more

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How can I know if I am having an ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound: The diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy may not be straight-forward and may take multiple blood pregnancy tests and ultrasounds done over several days. ...Read more

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How quickly should an ectopic pregnancy be resolved?

Immediately: Ectopic pregnancy can be life threatening. It needs to be evaluated and treated immediately. ...Read more

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What makes an ectopic pregnancy more likely to happen?

Scarring of the tube: Prior std's, prior ectopic pregnancies, any history of bad ovarian cystic disease or a family history can all make ectopic pregnancies more likely. ...Read more

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Is ectopic pregnancy pain constant or once in a while?

Either: It is normal to feel cramping as if you may start your period during early pregnancy. Pain from an ectopic pregnancy is usually one side or the other and can be constant or come and go. The pain will usually worsen over time. Their are other causes of pelvic pain during pregnancy but any pain that is persistent or getting worse needs to be evaluated to be sure that it is not an ectopic preg. ...Read more

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Could you ever have an ectopic pregnancy without knowing?

Certainly: Ectopic pregnancy goes unnoticed in the initial stages of the first trimester. The fetus has no place to grow if it is lodged in the fellopian tube instead of uterus. Unless an ultrasound is done in early pregnancy it may go undiagnosed until it ruptures. ...Read more

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Is there a test to see if I'm having an ectopic pregnancy?

Is there a test to see if I'm having an ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound: First you need a urine or blood test to confirm you are pregnant. If you are pregnant and having pain in your pelvis, then an ultrasound will show whether the pregnancy is inside the uterus (where it should be), or in or near the ovary (where it shouldn't be). Ectopic pregnancies can be serious, so if you're having strong pelvic pain, see your ob/gyn right away! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ectopic pregnancy?

External: Any pregnancy that is not contained in the body of the uterus is considered an ectopic pregnancy. The most common location is the tubes, but it can occur in the ovaries or the abdominal cavity ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an ectopic pregnancy and not know it?

Certainly: In time it could become an emergency. If you're at risk and are pregnant see you ob. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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