Dec 07, 2011
Commonly, during a pregnancy the egg travels through the fallopian tube to the womb, but when something occurs in reverse it can cause trouble. Anything that blocks or even slows down the movement of this egg through these tubes can lead to what we call ectopic pregnancy.
Any pregnancy that implants outside the womb is an ectopic pregnancy or ectopic gestation. Types of ectopic pregnancy depend on where the implantation has taken place. The foetus can implant itself anywhere in the fallopian tube, which is most common, in the peritoneal cavity or in the cervical canal.
The occurrence of ectopic pregnancy is about one in 400 pregnancies. You can track whether you have an ectopic pregnancy or no at anytime between five weeks and 10 weeks of your pregnancy. It has been found that most women experience symptoms about two weeks after they happen to miss a period.
Clinically, types of ectopic pregnancy can be as under:
3. Advanced pregnancy
The first two are main clinical forms of tubal pregnancy whereas the third one is abdominal pregnancy.
The cases of ectopic pregnancy are higher in women with a history of tubal disease, tubal surgery, previous ectopic pregnancy, and assisted reproduction. A high risk of maternal mortality is also associated with ectopic pregnancy. The removal of placenta from the site of attachment can lead to heavy and uncontrolled bleeding. The most common surgical treatments for an ectopic pregnancy that has not ruptured are mini-laparotomy and laparoscopy. While the types of ectopic pregnancy are different, it must be remembered that most ectopic pregnancies cannot be carried to term. The developing cells have to be removed to save the mother’s life.
You must seek appropriate help for your ectopic pregnancy problem at the earliest.
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