What You Need to Know About Ectopic Pregnancy
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What You Need to Know About Ectopic Pregnancy

It is important that we know something about ectopic pregnancy and that it should be considered as a medical emergency considering the threat that it gives to the life of the mother. Ectopic is described as being "out of place" thus an ectopic pregnancy means a pregnancy wherein the fertilized egg, also know as the embryo is not attached in its normal place which is the uterus or the womb.

Ectopic is described as being "out of place" thus an ectopic pregnancy means a pregnancy wherein the fertilized egg, also know as the embryo is not attached in its normal place which is the uterus or the womb.  In a normal pregnancy, the embryo will be transported from the ovary through the fallopian tube with the help of the tube's contractions and the hair-like cells along the walls of the tube.  These movements will eventually move the embryo until it reaches the uterus where it will attach itself and then develop into a baby. With ectopic pregnancy, the embryo attaches itself to either the fallopian tube, the ovary or even in the abdominal cavity. 

Early detection is essential in this kind of pregnancy as it is a life threatening event.  When the embryo develops say in the fallopian tube, the tube will not be able to support the growth and will eventually lead to the fallopian tube getting ruptured.

The rate of incidence of ectopic pregnancy quadrupled since 1970 in theUnited Statesand around the world.  On a positive note, the death rate has gone down despite the increase and the current number is now only four in a million pregnancies.

The most common site of an ectopic pregnancy is in the fallopian tube which accounts for about 95% while 1.5% occur in the abdomen, 0.5% in the ovary and 0.03% of this abnormal pregnancy occurs in the cervix.  In about 100 pregnancies, 2 will become ectopic.  Neither a normal pregnancy nor delivery is possible with an ectopic pregnancy.

Currently, 80% of ectopic pregnancies are detected within the first six weeks; early enough to save the fallopian tube from rupturing.  Women who have been diagnosed with sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia which causes pelvic infections have increased risks of having ectopic pregnancy.  A woman with a history of pelvic inflammatory disease should immediately seek medical attention once she becomes or suspects being pregnant.  Other risk factors of an ectopic pregnancy include the age of a woman; those who are more than 35 years old are more likely to have ectopic pregnancy, smoking, fertility medications, reversal of previous tubal ligation, intrauterine devices or history of surgery involving the reproductive organs.  These risk factors, usually resulting to problems in the fallopian tubes account for 50% of ectopic pregnancy cases.  The remaining 50% are cases wherein the causes are still unknown.

Women who have history of ectopic pregnancy have 7-15% risk of getting pregnant ectopically.  And of those women who have had a fallopian tube removed, forty percent will go on to have a normal pregnancy.

It is important that we know something about ectopic pregnancy and that it should be considered as a medical emergency considering the threat that it gives to the life of the mother.  

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Comments (3)

Informative article

Very topical information

To be educated with your wise information is smart for all women to know. In the event these symptoms should occur to us or someone we know we will be alerted to them.Thank you for a well presented article of valuable medical information.

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