Ectopic Pregnancy Stages  

After fertilization of the egg takes place, it begins moving towards the uterus. In the uterus, the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus. This is what happens in a normal pregnancy. However, in an ectopic pregnancy, the normal attachment of the fertilized egg does not take place. The fertilized egg instead attaches itself somewhere else instead of the uterus. This is what is known as an ectopic pregnancy.


Usually, an ectopic pregnancy terminates on its own with the rupturing of the embryo, as it does not have sufficient space to grow. The woman experiences vaginal bleeding and the embryo is eliminated from the body. An ectopic pregnancy can be found out within 7 weeks of the woman’s last period. If this pregnancy is not terminated, it can be life-threatening.

In such a pregnancy, the fertilized egg can implant itself on any of the reproductive organs or organs in the abdomen. The most common place for implantation, however, is the fallopian tube.

As with any pregnancy, the woman’s body undergoes a lot of changes. The same holds true for even an ectopic pregnancy. Usually, when this type of pregnancy occurs, the woman will have pain in the pelvic region and abdomen, bleeding and also experience pain while passing urine or stools.

If the ectopic pregnancy is not detected in the initial stages, it can result in bleeding. The bleeding can be external or internal. The former is caused to lowered levels of progesterone, while the latter occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the fallopian tube. Usually, ectopic pregnancy can be found out with the help of a blood test as well as an ultrasound. If the fertilized egg is detected in a place other than the uterus, it is evidence of an ectopic pregnancy. The blood test reveals high levels of beta hCG. Even doing a laproscopic examination can reveal this type of pregnancy when it is not detected with the help of an ultrasound.

When an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed, to ensure that there is no threat to the woman’s life, the doctor will take measures to terminate it. It can be done with the help of medication. Methotrexate is the most common medication given to terminate this type of pregnancy. It can also be terminated surgically with the help of laproscopy.

Thanks to the advancement of medical science, ectopic pregnancy is no longer a threat for a woman. The early detection helps to save lives and it also ensures that such women can go ahead and have normal and healthy subsequent pregnancies. In some women, getting pregnant again may take time, while in others if the fallopian tubes are irreversibly damaged, they may not be able to conceive again.

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Symptoms Of Rupture With Ectopic Pregnancy      As per Dr. Peter Chen, who is affiliated to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in the US, 1 out every hundred pregnancies is an ectopic pregnancy. In such a pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches itself to some other organ instead of the uterus wall. The attachment can occur in the fallopian tubes, cervix or the abdominal cavity. If such a pregnancy goes untreated, the growing fetus ruptures the organ it has attached itself to, resulting in internal bleeding. This can be life-threatening for the woman. Hence, if a woman is pregnant, she should be aware of the symptoms of rupture with an ectopic pregnancy, so that she can avail immediate medical attention. More..




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