Ectopic Pregnancy: Early Signs And Symptoms
Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus. Normal pregnancy is characterized by the process when the fertilized egg (zygote) travels through the fallopian tubes and is attached to the uterine wall . When this does not happens, there comes occurs an ectopic pregnancy.
Causes of ectopic pregnancy
There are a number of reasons that can trigger the onset of ectopic pregnancy. As a rule, all these factors lead to the fact that the fallopian tubes lose their contractile function, so a fertilized egg can not move to the uterus and gain sstay in it. The most common causes of ectopic pregnancy should be classified as:
- Inflammatory diseases of the reproductive system.
- STDs that are not treated promptly.
- Anatomical features of the structure of the fallopian tubes.
- Underdevelopment of the reproductive organs.
Early signs of ectopic pregnancy
In most cases, ectopic pregnancy can be determined with the helps of internal symptoms, such as:
- Pain in the abdomen. Typically, the pain resembles severe stinging or has a cramping in nature.
- Having dark color secretions.
- Sudden uterine bleeding .
- Fever (usually after the break of the fallopian tube).
In addition, early pregnancy may lead to toxicosis. Therefore it is necessary to do a home pregnancy test . It should be noted that ectopic pregnancy may be indicated by the presence of a second strip on the test, which revealed partially or is very pale. If a home pregnancy test showed a "controversial" result , you should do blood test for hCG or do an ultrasound testing.
Treatment of ectopic pregnancy
Treatment of an ectopic pregnancy is dependent on how quickly you were able to determine pregnancy. If this happens in the early stages, when the fetus has not damaged internal organs yet, the surgery is performed to remove part of the fallopian tube with the fetus. Unfortunately, in many cases, ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed late, when there is a rupture of the fallopian tube , and the chances of safe operating are verylow . According to statistics, deaths from ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed in almost 20 % of all cases.
The ideal treatment option is when the ectopic pregnancy is detected in at an early stage, when the embryo has no time to cause irreversible consequences. In this case, your doctor may prescribe specific drugs that destroy embryonic egg and will not harm the woman. It should be remembered that one can only take such drugs under medical supervision.