Does the pill increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg develops in a fallopian tube rather than in the womb. Women who get pregnant while using certain contraceptives, such as a coil, have a higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy. There is currently no evidence to suggest that women who get pregnant on the pill have an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy as well.
However, if you experience symptoms such as severe abdominal pain or unexplained bleeding, you should always seek medical help immediately, so your doctor can check whether you are pregnant.