Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy

Simply put, an ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside of the womb. Ectopic pregnancies are very dangerous to the mother and the baby or fetus can not survive an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are very common, occurring in around 1 in 50 pregnancies. Since ectopic pregnancies are such serious, life threatening medical conditions, they require immediate medical treatment. Most women do not know that they are even pregnant when they find out they have an ectopic pregnancy, since ectopic pregnancies occur within the first few weeks. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Signs and symptoms

Sometimes, however, there are signs of symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy. Some of the things to look for are bleeding, abdominal pain that is sharp, cramps, dizziness, weakness, pain on one side of your body, and more. If you have any of these symptoms, get to the Emergency Room right away. Your doctor might not ever be able to find out what exactly caused your ectopic pregnancy, but there are a few things that increase your risk. You might be at an increased risk of having an ectopic pregnancy if you have an IUD or a history of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Fertility drugs also increase your risk for an ectopic pregnancy.

Treatment options

If your fallopian tube has ruptured as a result of your ectopic pregnancy, your doctor will have to do emergency surgery right away to stop the bleeding. However, if your tube has not ruptured and your pregnancy is still in its early stages, your doctor may be able to use a process called laparoscopic surgery to remove the embryo and repair the damage to your body. Sometimes your doctor will have to give you additional medication to make sure that the pregnancy tissue has stopped growing. While an ectopic pregnancy can be a very hard thing for a woman to go through, it usually does not indicate a long term problem with getting pregnant. Most women who have ectopic pregnancies go on to later have successful pregnancies with no long term problems.

Healing timeframe

Ectopic pregnancies can be very tough for a woman to deal with, since it is not only the loss of the pregnancy, but sometimes a severe threat to the mother’s health as well. If you have had an ectopic pregnancy, your doctor might suggest that you give your body some time to heal before trying to get pregnant again. The usual waiting time is between 3-6 months. During that time you should also take some time to heal emotionally as well. Ectopic pregnancies can be a hard thing to deal with and you might want to seek out a pregnancy loss support group or the advice of a trusted counselor to help you process your grief.

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