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Ectopic pregnancy

Published: 04/11/2016

This information is for you if you want to know more about ectopic pregnancy; how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. It may also be helpful if you are a relative or friend of someone with a suspected or confirmed ectopic pregnancy.

Information covered in this leaflet:

  • What an ectopic pregnancy is
  • What a pregnancy of unknown location or PUL is
  • What the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are
  • When you should seek medical advice if you think you may have an ectopic pregnancy
  • Who is at increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
  • How an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed
  • What happens when an ectopic pregnancy is suspected or diagnosed
  • The options available for treatment of ectopic pregnancy
  • Future pregnancies after an ectopic pregnancy
  • Further information and support available

This patient information is based on the RCOG Green-top Guideline Diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used to produce this guidance.

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Download the ectopic pregnancy leaflet in large print

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