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Symptoms & diagnosis

Some women don’t have any obvious signs or symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.  Others have symptoms that can easily be mistaken for something else, like a stomach upset, irritable bowel syndrome or even appendicitis.

But common symptoms are:

I had a feeling something wasn’t quite right with this pregnancy and at 6½ weeks I doubled up in excruciating pain.

If you have symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, and especially if you have had one in the past, it is best to go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department or to contact your nearest Early Pregnancy Assessement Unit or Emergency Gynaecology Unit (see list here.)

How is ectopic pregnancy diagnosed?

It can be difficult to diagnose ectopic pregnancy.  Unless you are extremely unwell, the first steps are usually:

You can read about the treatment of ectopic pregnancy and more here.