What is Ectopic Pregnancy and how can it affect your fertility potential?
You may not have heard about Ectopic pregnancy before. But this is a possible disorder in 1 out of every 50 pregnancies.
An ectopic pregnancy is evident when the embryo binds itself to a place rather than the uterus. Sometimes, the embryo may reach the ovaries or in the fallopian tubes resulting in embryo development wherever it is present. Generally, the ectopic pregnancies is found in fallopian tubes, called Tubal pregnancies. The embryo development is not supposed to occur in the fallopian tubes and therefore, it should be treated earliest possible.
Causes of Ectopic Pregnancy
- Using Intrauterine device for birth control
- Diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Presence of STDs like Chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Defective fallopian tubes since birth
- History of pelvic surgery
- Intake of fertility drugs
How can it be diagnosed?
If you think you are facing any of the above symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, visit a gynaecologist or fertility expert. The concerned doctor will perform a pregnancy test, an ultrasound test, pelvic test to examine the condition of your uterus and fallopian tubes.
If the result indicates possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, your concerned doctor will suggest you the best treatment for successful pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy can be detected in the 5th or 8th week of pregnancy.
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How can an Ectopic Pregnancy be treated?
In case of bursting of fallopian tubes, an emergency surgery is important to control the bleeding. In severe cases, the ovary or fallopian tubes get damaged and have to be removed.
In minor cases, where the fallopian tubes have not ruptured, a laparoscopic surgery can reverse the damage. Ovary or fallopian tubes are not removed in laparoscopic surgery.
However, a proper medication is given to prevent the growth of pregnancy tissue in the initial stages of ectopic pregnancy.
After a comprehensive medical treatment of the ectopic pregnancy, you will undergo a few blood tests to detect the HCG hormone levels– a hormone produced during pregnancy – to confirm that there are no chances of ectopic pregnancy.
Getting Pregnant After an Ectopic Pregnancy
In case of future pregnancy chances, most of the women who have suffered from ectopic pregnancy get normal pregnancy even if there is one fallopian tube missing. Until the present fallopian tube is functioning properly, you are capable of future pregnancy.
In case of illness or STDs resulting in ectopic pregnancy, if treated in time can improve your pregnancy chances.
For better guidance, consult your concerned fertility expert to check how long you should wait after having an ectopic pregnancy for future pregnancy.
Meanwhile, you should give your body a break and heal your body. If you feel you possess signs of ectopic pregnancy, consult your gynaecologist or fertility expert immediately.
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