During a pregnancy-implantation, the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. There are times when the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, making this an ectopic or tubal pregnancy.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? It is a pregnancy where the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are serious and need medical attention, immediately. A fertilized egg cannot survive outside of the uterus.
Here is a quick list of common symptoms and causes. Learn about ways to determine an ectopic pregnancy and how doctors proceed with a diagnosis.
What Are Common Symptoms?
Every woman is different. Those that experience an ectopic pregnancy may not experience all symptoms. However, it is good to know what could happen to be aware and know the steps to take to receive medical help. Common symptoms include:
- Sharp abdominal cramps
- Pain on one side of your body
- Light vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Low blood pressure
- Upset stomach and vomiting
- Dizziness, weakness, or blackouts
- Passage of tissue, not just blood clots, from vagina
If you believe you are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, seek your doctor for help or other medical help, immediately. A tubal pregnancy is a medical emergency.
What Are Common Causes?
In most cases, the cause of a tubal pregnancy is not known and there is nothing you could have done to prevent it. However, a woman is more likely to have a tubal pregnancy if she has had:
- a previous ectopic pregnancy
- an infection of the Fallopian tubes or certain sexually transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhea
- a pelvic infection from an IUD
- a pregnancy while an IUD is in place
How Soon Would I Know I Have An Ectopic Pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancies can be hard to diagnose. They happen the moment a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. Women, often, begin to experience symptoms around the 4-weeks-pregnant mark, as the embryo begins to form. The best way to confirm is through ultrasound.
Your doctor will confirm that you have an ectopic pregnancy by 1. Calculating how far along you are 2. Give you a blood test to check your hCG level 3. Perform an ultrasound to look for a developing baby.
Your doctor might be able to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy as early as six to seven weeks. Appointments will differ from each person, but it is helpful to feel prepared and know what questions to ask.
How Can I Treat An Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy, that is left untreated, can rupture and cause death to both the unborn baby and the mother. Ectopic pregnancies often are treated with surgery or medication. Consult with your doctor to see what works best for you.
What If I Am Getting An Abortion?
Even if you are planning on having an abortion, you still should have an ultrasound to confirm where the fetus is located. If you take the abortion pill and unknowingly have an ectopic pregnancy, the fetus will not be aborted and your fallopian tubes may rupture if not treated. It is safest path is to have an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and the location of the fetus.
Options for Women / River Falls Can Help You
Options for Women located in River Falls Wisconsin offers many free and confidential resources to help you through your pregnancy, including free Limited OB Ultrasounds. Our caring and knowledgeable Ultrasound Technicians will be able to confirm your pregnancy, tell you how far along you are, and where your pregnancy is located. In addition, we offer pregnancy testing, STI/STD testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HIV, and referrals to local doctors. Speak with a professional who will walk you through the process. No matter what your situation is – you are not alone. Schedule your free appointment today.
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