Ectopic Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for most women; however, there are some women who will face a problem pregnancy. Problem pregnancies can result from high blood pressure, having a small birth canal or ectopic pregnancies. While some problem pregnancies may appear mild compared to others, they are all important. If you feel you are experiencing problems you should consult your physician right away.

An ectopic pregnancy is when the egg implants outside of the uterus. The condition may occur in one of every fifty pregnancies. Basically when the egg has been fertilized it travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus for a normal pregnancy. When a woman has a damaged or blocked fallopian tube, the egg will not make it to the womb; instead, it will implant in the tube and continue to develop. Another word for ectopic pregnancy is "tubal pregnancy". Other areas where a fertilized egg could implant include the ovaries, cervix, abdomen, or c- section scar. Some women have had a normal pregnancy in their uterus and an ectopic pregnancy at the same time. This is often referred to as heterotopic pregnancy.

If an ectopic pregnancy is not caught in time it can lead to a rupture of the tube, abdominal pain, and bleeding. If not treated right away, the internal bleeding can cause death. When you see your physician at regular intervals, an ectopic pregnancy may be caught in time to intervene. While it is rare for a woman to survive an ectopic pregnancy, it is possible. There have been cases where the mother of triplets survived as did her three children, despite the fact that the one triplet was attached to the mother's stomach. You and your doctor must make the choice for your health as well as the babies.

How do you know if you may be at risk for an ectopic pregnancy? Certain conditions will make you more prone to having an ectopic pregnancy. If you have had a tubal ligation surgery and you become pregnant you may experience an ectopic pregnancy. Those who have had surgery to their tubes to correct a problem may also be at risk. Chances of you having an ectopic pregnancy if you have had one before are high. The drug DES is also a factor in ectopic pregnancies. This drug can affect you even if your mother was the one to have taken the drug. An intrauterine device is used for birth control and like most birth control it may not work a hundred percent of the time, and it may cause an ectopic pregnancy.

While there are many risk factors for ectopic pregnancy, you also need to be aware that any sexually active women may be at risk. You need to see your physician as soon as you realize you are pregnant to make sure the baby is healthy as well as making sure the pregnancy is progressing normally.

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