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What To Do When You Have An Ectopic Pregnancy


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What To Do When You Have An Ectopic Pregnancy

  1. 1. ==== ====For More Information Click Here ====What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?The dictionary definition of the word Ectopic is an organ or body partexisting in an unusual position or form. In simple terms, an ectopic pregnancyis a pregnancy, which is developing in the wrong place. An ectopic pregnancyoccurs when the fertilized egg (or ovum) fails to move down the fallopian tubeand into the womb (or uterus) in the normal manner. Instead, the egg or ovumimplants itself outside of the womb. Most often, (in 95% of cases), ectopicpregnancies develop in a fallopian tube and rarely, elsewhere in the abdominalcavity or pelvic area. For example, an egg can attach itself on an ovary, on theneck of the womb (cervix) or on another organ within the pelvic or abdominalarea (1.5% abdominal, 0.5% ovarian & 0.03% cervical). Ectopic pregnancies do notusually survive and many will result in a spontaneous miscarriage, others willdevelop until a serious problem becomes apparent, which will require immediatemedical attention.What Causes An Ectopic Pregnancy?Sometimes the ovum fails to implant itself and it becomes fertilized outside ofthe reproductive system. More commonly, the fertilized ovum is trapped, in thefallopian tube and the baby continues to grow inside the tube where it can causethe tube to burst or otherwise severely damage it. A burst tube is lifethreatening and requires urgent medical attention.In many cases, ectopic pregnancies occur when the expectant mother has damagedfallopian tube(s). Tubes damaged, by infections such as pelvic inflammatorydisease or by previous surgery, scar tissue, endometriosis or previous ectopicpregnancies are a high-risk factor, which significantly, increase the likelihoodof a pregnancy being ectopic. Another risk factor associated with ectopicpregnancies is becoming pregnant, whilst using a contraceptive-coil or aprogestogen only contraceptive pill. Pregnancies resulting from in vitrofertilization (i.e. test-tube methods) can be ectopic - even though, thefertilized egg is placed directly into the womb, it may still attach itselfelsewhere. In some cases, none of the above risk factors are present in theexpectant mother.What Are The Warning Signs Of An Ectopic Pregnancy?Pain In the Abdomen - The first sign of an ectopic pregnancy can be a pain on
  2. 2. one side of the abdomen. This pain can be constant and severe and its onset,sudden.Pain in the Shoulder - An alternative warning sign could be a pain in theshoulder, which intensifies when breathing in and out.Pain Using the Lavatory - If you suspect you are pregnant and experience painduring visits to the bathroom you should report this to your medicalpractitioner.Other Warning SignsVaginal bleeding or unusual periods, lighter or heavier than normal, or astrange color etcSicknessDiarrhoeaPallid complexion (paleness)Light-headednessCollapseIncreasing pulse rateFalling blood pressureDiagnosing An Ectopic PregnancyEctopic pregnancies can be hard to detect as in many cases, the symptoms are nodifferent from those of a normal, early pregnancy, i.e. tender breasts, nausea,vomiting, missed periods or frequent urination. If you are a sexually activewoman of childbearing age and you experience symptoms of an early pregnancy plusany, of the above warning signs, of an ectopic pregnancy, contact your medicalpractitioner immediately.A urine pregnancy test will usually be positive but is not always apparent.However, a specialized hCG blood test will always show a positive result. If apregnancy is ectopic, the womb will often be smaller than the average womb atthat stage of pregnancy and this will be detected during an internal pelvicexamination. A doctor can sometimes detect a swelling, during an internalexamination, which is evidence of an ectopic pregnancy existing.An ultrasound scan will differentiate between a possible miscarriage, a normalpregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy.
  3. 3. The majority of women diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy will require surgicalintervention and/or medication. In the worst-case scenario, without thisintervention, an ectopic pregnancy can be fatal to the mother. Medical andtechnological advancements mean that ectopic pregnancies are easier to detectthan ever before and therefore, they carry less risk than they did in previousyears. Technological advancements have significantly improved the treatment ofectopic pregnancies - keyhole surgery is just one example of this.It is vital to seek the opinion of a medical practitioner if you suspect you arecarrying an ectopic pregnancy.David Brewer is a pregnancy expert and owner of [] - A comprehensive online pregnancy resource center. Visit his blog fordaily updates on all types of pregnancy topics - []Article Source: ====For More Information Click Here ====