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Every month we will identify the most commonly asked questions about ectopic pregnancy and answer them. If you have any further questions which you cannot find answers to on the website, please can you contact us.

Can an ectopic pregnancy have a heartbeat?

It is uncommon to see a heartbeat in an ectopic pregnancy. The things to be looked for with a transvaginal scan is thinking of the uterine lining, a mass beside the uterus or fluid behind the uterus (pouch of Douglas).

What colour is ectopic pregnancy discharge?

Vaginal discharge with an ectopic pregnancy is classically described as brown prune but sometimes there can be fresh vaginal bleeding.  See the Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy page for more information.

When can I try for another pregnancy and what are the chance of having a second ectopic pregnancy?

There no hard and fast guidelines of when to try for another pregnancy but it is common to wait for a few months or until you feel psychologically ready.  See the Ectopic Pregnancy Treatments with Methotrexate page for more information.

Where can an ectopic pregnancy implant?

The most common site is in the Fallopian tube but there are other sites, including the cervix, ovary or in a scar on the uterus. This is known as a scar ectopic and is very rare. See Sites of Ectopic Pregnancy for more information.

What are the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is a a serious and one of the most common cause of maternal death in early pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy Rates are increasing and is thought to occur in up to one in 100 pregnancies in the United Kingdom. The chance of a second ectopic pregnancy is approximately 10%.