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Readers Respond: First Symptoms and Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy

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Updated May 24, 2009

If you have had a tubal pregnancy, what were the first signs that the pregnancy was ectopic? And what kind of treatment did you end up needing? Please share your story for others who are concerned about signs of ectopic pregnancy.

Ectopic preg./rupture

I had a ectopic preg., and rupture in 2008. I was about 8 wks. along, and my doc. found I was preg. but I was bleeding lightly and they ran tests and confirmed I had a ectopic preg.I was given 2 mexatrate injections and they did not work. On Feb. 5th 2008 at 5am, I got up to go to the restroom and when I sat down I ruptured. Words can not describe the pain that I felt. Most people don't know, but you only have a 3-4 hour window to get help once you rupture. The internal bleeding from the rupture is massive. The shoulder pain that comes with the rupture is actually called referred pain from internal bleeding. I knew that I was going to die that morning if I didn't get help fast. Thank GOD I wasn't alone that morning cause the pain was so intence that I couldn't even move from the toilet. My husband heard me screaming and called 911. I would recommend to any women that has a ectopic preg. to get the surgery A.S.A.P. I can't have childern anymore since I had my rupture. May GOD be with you...
—Guest jessica hart


I was sitting at work when the most incredible pain I've ever felt in my life hit. I've had a child and this was far worse than labor. I'm 40yrs old and didn't plan or know I was pregnant. When the pain hit, it was immobilizing. I couldn't even move my legs from side to side. I felt nauseous and broke out in a sweat. I called 911 from my desk. The ER doctor asked if I could be pregnant and I said no. He said, "why do you think that?" This struck me odd. I said because I'm on BC and I just had my period 4 wks ago. Yeah, I was pregnant and it had ruptured. Apparently, it was a bloody mess in there too. My blood pressure dropped to 88/41. They immediately prepped me for surgery. The worst was the transuterine sonogram where the wand goes up you and they move it around! OMG the pain! The next day after surgery I had lost so much blood that I had to have a transfusion. This is a very serious condition that could have taken my life as well as my child's.
—Guest Amy

Sad ectopic story

I found out I was pregnant at 4 wks. I was so happy. Then I started having some pain and went to the ER. They found the sac and ruled out a ectopic pregnancy. One week later I was having pain and so I went to sleep and the next morning the pain came back. This time I was bleeding not much blood but it was scary. So I decided to go to the ER and they said I had miscarried so me and my boyfriend grieved. The next morning we went out to eat and I had real sharp pains in my stomach went to the ER. They didn't see the sac and said that my miscarriage was complete and they was going to send me home with some pain medicine. To make this long story short I put in a complaint and the OB doctors came down and did a laparoscopy and found out there was an ectopic pregnancy and removed my left tube. I am still confused on how they had seen a sac when I was five weeks and then the sac disappeared at 6 weeks and it could be ectopic and ruptured leaving me with one tube.
—Guest tamara


I started having bleeding when I was about 5 weeks pregnant. They let it go a week because they thought it was implantation. After the week was up they did an ultrasound and found that the embryo had implanted on all the blood vessels where the tube connects to the uterus. They did not want to do surgery because they would have had to do full open abdominal surgery and i would have been a high bleeding risk because it was on blood vessels so I got a methotrexate injection and monitored my hcg blood levels. THe next week I got another injection because my hcg was rising not falling. The cramps were so intense after the methotrexate, now that I have a son I know they were very similar to contractions. I was nauseous, dizzy, etc from the methotrexate. I was off work for 6 weeks and got my hcg level drawn 3 times a week for 3 weeeks than one a week for 6 weeks. It was a long and stressful ordeal but 3 months later when we were allowed to try again I got pregnant right away!
—Guest Jennipher

Ectopic pregnancy

My first ectopic pregnancy was worse than the second one. I had slight pain but it wasn't on one specific side due to cysts on both ovaries. Then about a week later I couldn't even move without intense pain. I found out at the hospital that I was pregnant. I had to have emergency surgery and I lost my left tube. My second one was on the right side. I went to the ER after finding out I was pregnant and I felt pain on the right side...it was a slight but sharp pain. I was given a shot and was monitored to make sure my pregnancy hormone levels were going down. I was 8 weeks the first time and only a few weeks the second time...so if you have pain on one side or both, don't take any chances...go have it checked immediately so you don't have to go through surgery and possibly losing your tube.
—Guest amy b.


I had two prior miscarriages and with my third pregnancy in Feb. everything seemed fine. About 1-2wks after I found out I was preg I had some light spotting with cramping. I thought implantation? But the bleeding became darker and the pain more on my right side and sharper. Not thinking surgery I went to the hospital to make sure I wasn't miscarrying again. I really believed this one was viable all the way, all this blood was taken, and then came the ultrasound. She said there's your baby, I was thrilled, then the news the baby wasn't in my uterus. The only symptoms I had were some back bain, the pelvic pain which migrated more to the right side, and some spotting. But as some know these can all be normal signs of pregnancy or miscarriage. I went with my gut and it saved my life. The ER doc and surgeon told me another day or week and I could have died. It's better to be safe than sorry. I hope this helps someone. God Bless, Raquel...KC, MO
—Guest Raquel

tubal pregnancy

When I had a tubal pregnancy the first sign was bright pink blood, not a lot just a little. Then I had pain on my left side. Went to the ER and had tubal pregnancy on my left side. It was not really bad pain but was very mild.
—Guest Tawnya

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