Ectopic Pregnancy | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

The early signs of an ectopic pregnancy are like those of a normal pregnancy. You may have missed periods, sore breasts and nausea (also called "morning sickness"). A home pregnancy test may be positive.

More serious signs of ectopic pregnancy are pain and vaginal bleeding. You also may feel a sharp or stabbing pain in your stomach or on one side of your pelvis. You may feel dizzy or faint. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately.


Diagnosis and Management of Ectopic Pregnancy by AM Lozeau, MD, MS, and B Potter, MD (American Family Physician November 01, 2005,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 07/06