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Management of ectopic pregnancy
Management of ectopic pregnancy

Things you need to know

Things you need to know

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy

In a usual pregnancy, the fertilised egg implants itself into the lining of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy is a type of pregnancy in which the fertilised egg attaches and begins to grow outside the main cavity of the uterus. 

 

Ectopic pregnancy can occur anywhere in the other areas of the body including the ovary, the fallopian tubes, the abdomen or the cervix. In most cases, an ectopic pregnancy occurs in the fallopian tube. This type of ectopic pregnancy is known as tubal pregnancy. 

Ectopic pregnancy symptoms

Ectopic pregnancy symptoms

In the initial stages, ectopic pregnancy symptoms are similar to the early signs of pregnancy. Common symptoms include breast tenderness and nausea. 

 

An ectopic pregnancy starts like a normal pregnancy. However, it cannot continue as normal. Ectopic pregnancy symptoms become more noticeable as the fertilised egg continues to grow. 

 

Emergency ectopic pregnancy symptoms include:

Ectopic pregnancy causes

Ectopic pregnancy causes

There are different reasons for different types of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy causes include:

 

 

Ectopic pregnancy can affect any expecting woman. However, some women are at a higher risk of developing this type of pregnancy. Common risk factors include:

 

Ectopic pregnancy tests

Ectopic pregnancy tests

Ectopic pregnancy tests are important as they help your obstetrician to diagnose your condition properly and offer corrective measures. Common ectopic pregnancy tests include:

 

Pregnancy test

Your doctor may order a pregnancy test to check the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone in your blood. 

 

Ultrasound scans

A transvaginal ultrasound allows your doctor to check the exact location of the pregnancy. Additionally, an abdominal ultrasound may be done to examine you for internal bleeding.

Blood tests

Your obstetrician will also perform certain blood tests to check for anaemia or signs of blood loss. 

Ectopic pregnancy treatment

Ectopic pregnancy treatment

An ectopic pregnancy, if left untreated, can cause several complications such as rupture of fallopian tubes leading to severe bleeding. Ectopic pregnancy treatment depends upon the location of implantation, stage of pregnancy and overall symptoms. 

 

Common ectopic pregnancy treatment protocols include:

FAQs
FAQs

Ectopic pregnancy symptoms usually become noticeable between the 4th and 12th weeks of pregnancy.

Sadly, a growing fetus cannot survive an ectopic pregnancy. You may need immediate clinical management and treatment.

An ectopic pregnancy, like a normal pregnancy, also produces HCG hormones. Due to this, a pregnancy test will come positive even in the case of an ectopic pregnancy.