Tubal Pregnancy – Warning Signs

About one in 100 pregnancies are tubal (ectopic) pregnancies.

This type of pregnancy happens when the fetus begins to grow outside of the uterus. The fertilized egg becomes implanted in the tissues outside of the uterus, usually on the inside of one of the fallopian tubes. Rarely, the egg implants in the cervix, in one of the two ovaries, or in the abdominal cavity.

Most ectopic pregnancies occur in women between the ages of 20 and 29.

CAUSES OF TUBAL PREGNANCIES

  • infection in the fallopian tubes
  • tumors in the pelvic organs
  • narrow fallopian tubes
  • endometriosis
  • previous damage to a fallopian tube
  • use of an intrauterine contraceptive device
  • unexplainable cause

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

  • abdominal pain – low on one side
  • shoulder pain
  • irregular vaginal bleeding
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

If you think that you may be pregnant and you’re experiencing these symptoms contact your doctor immediately.

TREATMENT FOR A TUBAL PREGNANCY

If tests show you have an ectopic pregnancy, there will be no choice but to schedule surgery. If the fallopian tube is intact, the pregnancy may be removed and the tube repaired. If the tube has already burst, it must be removed and the bleeding stopped. Surgery and the events surrounding it will happen rapidly. Doctors will begin surgery as soon as possible to remove the danger to your health. There is no chance of survival of the fetus in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. Left untreated, the tube will burst and the bleeding will put the woman’s life in danger as well.

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