Is the Abortion Pill associated with Ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus. It most commonly occurs in the fallopian tube. Patients are not started on the abortion pill procedure until an intrauterine pregnancy is visualized. Heterotopic pregnancies (pregnancy in the uterus and in the fallopian tube) are increasing in frequency and therefore an abortion pill procedure can be successfully completed yet there could be a simultaneous ectopic pregnancy. The most common symptoms of ectopic pregnancy is pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding. These are the same symptoms that can occur with an ectopic pregnancy so ectopic precautions must be given to all patients undergoing an abortion pill procedure.