An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb. This is usually in one of the fallopian tubes, angles of the womb where the tubes join the womb, ovary, caesarean scar, cervix or abdomen. If an egg gets stuck in your fallopian tubes, it won't develop into a baby and your health may be at risk if the pregnancy continues. Unfortunately, it's not possible to save the pregnancy. The egg must usually be removed using medicine or an operation.
An ectopic pregnancy may not cause symptoms and may only be detected during a routine pregnancy scan. If you do experience any symptoms, they tend to develop between the 4th and 12th week of pregnancy.
Symptoms can include a combination of:
Contact your GP or call NHS 111 Wales if you have a combination of any of the above symptoms and you suspect you might be pregnant. It's important you get advice right away as an ectopic pregnancy can be serious.
Call 999 for an ambulance if you experience a combination of:
Following treatment of your ectopic pregnancy, your doctor will offer health advice including guidance on conceiving again in the future. Further information can be found on the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust website.
Preconception care can improve your chances of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy, and having a healthy baby. These are some things to consider if you are planning a future pregnancy:
It's important you speak to your GP if you get pregnancy in the future as they may need to refer you to our Early Pregnancy Unit for further support.