Symptoms and Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy

Symptoms and Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is the condition when a fertilized egg doesn’t implant into uterus instead get implanted to some other structures like fallopian tube (most common) or in other cases, to the ovary, abdominal cavity or lower part of the uterus. These sites cannot hold a growing embryo or stretch like a uterus. This leads to bleeding in the pregnant woman and if not treated can cause rupture which is a life-threatening condition.

Indicators of Ectopic Pregnancy

The preliminary signs resemble the regular pregnancy like a missed period, tenderness in the breast and nausea. The pregnancy test also comes positive. But as the embryo starts to grow in a small place, signs of ectopic pregnancy become more visible.

The earliest signs of ectopic pregnancy are light vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain. The woman may also feel shoulder pain or an urge to have a bowel movement. The pain depends on where the embryo is implanted and where it leads to bleeding internally.

As the embryo grows even more, the fallopian tube or other parts may rupture. This causes heavy bleeding and may lead to lightheadedness, fainting and shock. In case you experience any of the above, you must consult your doctor immediately.

Ectopic Pregnancy  and Treatment

Since the fertilized egg cannot develop normally, it needs to be removed as soon as possible. The doctor on the basis of symptoms and the growth of foetus decide what can be best to do to remove it. It can be done through a medicine, laparoscopic surgery or abdominal surgery.

If the doctor notices this in an early stage, they can give an injection to stop cell growth and dissolve the existing cells. This is followed by an HCG test to determine if you need more medication.

In case, the embryo has grown and your doctor feels that a laparoscopic procedure is the best ectopic pregnancy treatment, then you must trust your doctor.

In case the ectopic pregnancy is causing heavy bleeding, your doctor may advise an emergency surgery. Doctors try their best to save the fallopian tube, however, a ruptured tube must be removed.

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