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Ectopic Pregnancy

Information about Ectopic Pregnancy 

We Have to Know about the Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg (zygote). When zygote attaches itself somewhere else instead of attaching to the lining of the uterus, it results in Ectopic Pregnancy
  • More than 95 percent of ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies are possible in the abdomen, ovary or neck of the uterus (cervix) as well

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Is there severe abdominal pain with the absence of menstruation?

Causes of Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Disruption in a woman’s reproductive anatomy or the timing of specific reproductive events

Do’s and Don’ts of Ectopic Pregnancy

Signs & Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding

Medical advice for  Ectopic Pregnancy

  • If you have an ectopic pregnancy, you need prompt treatment

Seek emergency care if you experience

  • Sharp stabbing abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

Risk factors of Ectopic Pregnancy

  • History of inflammation of the fallopian tube or an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries
  • Endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus is found outside the uterus
  • History of surgery in the abdominal area, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, lower abdomen or intestines
  • An unusually shaped fallopian tube
  • Fertility problems
  • Taking medication to stimulate ovulation
  • Using an intrauterine device (IUD) or birth control pills
  • If you’ve had one ectopic pregnancy, you’re more likely to have another

Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Surgery in most cases
  • Laparoscopy

Self-care for Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy can be conservative (preserving the Fallopian tube) or radical (removing the Fallopian tube). Salpingectomy is surgical incision of a Fallopian tube to remove the ectopic pregnancy

Investigations for Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Blood Tests
  • Ultrasound
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