An ectopic pregnancy is a medical condition where a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tubes.
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More About Ectopic Pregnancy
Normally, a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. However, in an ectopic pregnancy, the egg can’t survive outside the uterus, and the growing tissue may cause life-threatening bleeding if left untreated.
It’s sometimes called a tubal pregnancy. In rare cases, ectopic pregnancies can occur in the ovary, abdominal cavity, or the lower part of the uterus (cervix).
An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The embryo isn’t viable because it doesn’t have an appropriate environment for development.
Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition, so early treatment is vital to protect the health of the mother and future fertility.
Symptoms And Risk Factors
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy may not appear in the first few weeks of pregnancy. However, you may experience include pelvic or lower back pain, vaginal bleeding, shoulder pain, and rectal pressure or bowel problems.
The pain can range from mild and dull to severe and sharp. If the fallopian tube ruptures, it can lead to severe pain and internal bleeding. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical help.
Risk factors for ectopic pregnancy include:
- Previous ectopic pregnancies
- Inflammation or infection of the fallopian tubes
- Fertility treatments
- Structural abnormalities in the fallopian tubes
It’s also important to note that women over the age of 35 are at higher risk.
The first step is to get an ultrasound scan to verify the location of your pregnancy. Prompt diagnosis is crucial to avoid complications.
Treatment depends on the size and location of the ectopic pregnancy and may include medication or surgery. There are drugs used to treat early, unruptured ectopic pregnancies. It stops the growth of the embryo. In cases where the fallopian tube has ruptured or is at risk of rupturing, surgery is required to remove the ectopic tissue.
If you’ve recently had sexual intercourse and think you might be pregnant, it’s crucial to get testing and follow up with an ultrasound to detect an ectopic pregnancy.
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*Some restrictions apply. A Pathways Registered Nurse will determine your medical eligibility for our ultrasound services.