(HealthDay News) -- An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube.
The growing fetus eventually will cause the fallopian tube to burst, which can lead to life-threatening bleeding that could require immediate surgery.
Half of women who develop an ectopic pregnancy have no known risk factors, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.
Those risk factors that are known include:
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According to the Mayo Clinic, seek emergency medical help if you have signs or symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, including:
Here are some conversations from myPCOSteam:
• "Physically I am slowly healing. Emotionally I'm holding on for dear life. I had an ectopic pregnancy. Turns out the pregnancy was still holding up in my tube. They ended up doing surgery to remove my ruptured tube."
• "I have an appointment at the Mount Sinai Fertility clinic! This is such a blessing. I really do feel more optimistic now that my husband and I will be getting help. We have been trying to get pregnant for two years."
Here are some question-and-answer threads from myPCOSteam:
Have you experienced an ectopic pregnancy?
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