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Ectopic Pregnancy: 6 Things Women should know

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1. What is ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the baby attaches outside the uterus, and most often in the fallopian tubes because the fallopian tube is a tube that connects the ovary to the uterus. If the egg is trapped in the fallopian tube, as a result it will not develop into a full-term baby or fetus. It also can cause the tube to rupture, and mother may be at risk if it keeps getting bigger.

2. What is its cause?

The main factor is caused by the damaged cell uterus from inflammation or unbalanced hormone levels, and this is the reason why it causes miss timing for the egg to travel to the uterus.

3. What are the risk factors of ectopic pregnancy?

     There are many factors such as:

  • History of having sexually transmitted disease
  • Previous occurrence of inflammation of the uterine limbs or lining of the uterus
  • History of uterine or abdominal surgery
  • Smoking
  • Placement of the uterus or use birth control pills
  • External fertilization and intrauterine injection (IVF)
  • Aging mother

4. What are the symptoms that indicate that a woman is at risk of having ectopic pregnancy?

Some symptoms include:

  • Menopause
  • Urine test positive for pregnancy
  • May or may not have symptoms of morning sickness
  • Small amount of bleeding
  • Abdominal cramps or pelvic pain

5. What are the symptoms if the womb ruptures?

    If the womb of ectopic pregnancy mother might face the following symptoms:

  • Pale
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Heart beats rapidly

6. Can ectopic pregnancy be prevented?

Although we cannot fully prevent ourselves, but we can reduce its risks of by having a regular prenatal check-ups. If woman loses her period, you should have prenatal check-up immediately to confirm the baby’s location whether the baby is inside or outside the womb by coming for consultation or treatment on time with Prestige OBGYN specialist.

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