Ectopic pregnancy refers to a condition where the fertilized egg or ovum develops outside the uterus (womb).
Ectopic pregnancy is also called â€œtubal pregnancy.â€
It has been found that, in United States, approximately 70,000 pregnant women suffer from ectopic pregnancy.
Tubal pregnancies results when damage to the fallopian tube occurs.
This condition may also occur if you have pelvic inflammatory disease, scar tissue, endometriosis, or previous surgery.
Your chance of having ectopic pregnancy is more if you come across with ectopic pregnancy previously.
It also increases with the usage of contraceptive coil or birth control pill (only progesterone). In-vitro fertilization may also lead to ectopic pregnancy. In some cases, women will face this problem even if there are no above-mentioned risk factors.
Abdominal or pelvic pain is the first symptom associated with tubal pregnancy. The pain can be on one side; it can start suddenly and can remain constant.
With ectopic pregnancy, you also experience shoulder pain (increases while breathing), pain during urination, sickness, fatigue, diarrhea, low blood pressure, paleness, vaginal bleeding, lightheadedness, and early pregnancy symptoms.
If you find any of these symptoms, right away consult your doctor and inform your condition. Your doctor will perform a pelvic examination to determine the status of the uterus.
If the size of the womb is smaller than in a normal pregnancy, the doctor confirms the condition to be ectopic pregnancy. Ovaries and fallopian tubes will also be examined for further confirmation.
Your doctor will recommend you to have urine test. However, urine test is not the efficient method to confirm the condition. You will be asked to have blood test to check the hormone levels (HCG) in the blood.
In the ectopic pregnancy, the HCG level as well as progesterone levels will be lower when compared to normal pregnancy.
Based on your hormone levels, doctor will suggest you to get examined of the blood samples for every two days (the level normally increases for every two days in normal pregnancy) to check the increase or decrease in the hormone levels.
Although ultrasound may not detect every ectopic pregnancy, it will be recommended to identify the presence of developing fetus or masses in the abdominal area. Culdocentesis is also recommended (rarely) for internal bleeding.
Once the condition is analyzed, the doctor starts ectopic pregnancy treatment. As this kind of pregnancy leads to dangerous condition, it must be treated in the early stages to avoid complications.
Treatment for tubal pregnancy depends on the size, location, and personal preference about future pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy in the early stage can be treated with medication. Methotrexate is an injection given to dissolve the fetus and to reduce the scarring of the pelvic organs.
If the pregnancy is in advanced stage or any rupture takes place, surgery is required. With the advancement in the technology, it is now possible to remove the fertilized egg.
Your chance of having this kind of pregnancy is very high with a succeeding ectopic pregnancy. So, consult your doctor immediately as soon as you become pregnant again.
i just have to ask will my baby die from this?i have been in pain for about 2 months and my doctor wont do anything about it can you help i also have pain on my right side it hurts so bad,can you help thank you
yes you baby will die, they will either have to dissolve the fetus or remove it, either or it will not surevive. Why won’t your doctor do anything? Stop wasting time and go see another doctor ASAP.
i have had an ectopic pregnancy in 2007 and my other tube is damaged[raptured].what other steps can i take to have a baby?
i did not get my periods last month and i went to see a doctor for pregnancy test and the were negative.again went to a different doctor the results were the same.i am really worried because i’v been having obdominal pain on my left side for also last month till now. please help me is it possible that i may be having ectopic/tubal pregnancy?.
my sister has an ectopic pregnancy right now. what will we do, she is suffering so much pain in her abdomen.
If you find yourself here asking Questions on a website Don’t you think you should seek the Help of a Dr.? an ectopic pregnancy will KILL YOU. I had one in 2002 and almost died. Bleeding internally is Not something to play chicken with. Your baby cant survive with out you being alive. So the best thing for you and your health is to have the Doctor talk care of YOU! Abdomen Pain GO TO HOSPITAL…. And fro the girl who asked about the Pregnancy test being Negative if its Negative then You are not pregnant. Even if its a Ectopic pregnancy your Hormone levels still rise as if you were pregnant within the uterus.