Ectopic Pregnancy | Treatment


How is an ectopic pregnancy treated?

If a pregnancy is ectopic, the egg cannot develop, so the ectopic tissue must be removed. If an ectopic pregnancy is discovered early, your doctor can give you a shot of medicine called methotrexate. This medicine dissolves the egg, and your body will reabsorb it.

Ectopic pregnancies that are not discovered early enough, or that cause a pelvic organ to rupture, require surgery.

Will I have an ectopic pregnancy if I get pregnant again?

If you have had an ectopic pregnancy, you are more likely to have another one. You also may have trouble getting pregnant again. You should give yourself time to heal before you try to get pregnant after having an ectopic pregnancy.


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