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What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
October 26th, 2015

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy in which a fertilized egg stays in your Fallopian tube, as opposed to moving to your uterus and attaching to its lining. This can be extremely hazardous to a woman’s health, because it can cause your Fallopian tube to rupture, which can cause sever pain and/or bleeding. In most cases, the baby will not survive, which can also cause a great amount of emotional strain to the mother.

The symptoms of ectopic pregnancy vary from woman to woman. In the first few weeks, the signs may be the same as with a normal pregnancy- missed period, nausea, tenderness in the breast, positive pregnancy test.

Emergency medical attention should be sought if you experience the following signs:

  • Severe abdominal or pelvic pain accompanied by vaginal bleeding
  • Fainting or extreme lightheadedness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Light to heavy vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Rectal pressure

There is no specific cause of an ectopic pregnancy, but certain conditions have been linked, such as:

  • Scarring or inflammation of the fallopian tubes from previous medical condition/s.
  • Hormonal factors
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Birth defects
  • Medical conditions that affect shape and condition of fallopian tubes and/or reproduction organs

All women are at risk of ectopic pregnancy, and should be alert and aware of any unwarranted or unusual signs and symptoms during pregnancy. If you are concerned you may be experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, you should seek immediate medical attention to prevent sever damage to your reproductive organs.

There are quite a few support resources for women who have suffered from this unfortunate condition, and you can reference a few stories here. The loss of a baby is a devastating thing, but, with your doctor’s approval, you can usually start trying to conceive again after 3-4 weeks. Make sure you have your doctor’s approval, and if you have any questions, consult a physician.

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