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What happens if you have an air embolism in pregnancy?

What happens if you have an air embolism in pregnancy?

See below: Very rare and usually undiagnosed. Would only happen during delivery, only dangerous if a big bubble of air enters your bloodstream and lodges in the right ventricular outflow chamber, compromising circulation. If treated correctly, self-limited and no risk of recurrence. ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Air embolism is a problem that occurs when a bubble of air enters the blood circulation and gets stuck in a small vessel. The air bubble can block the flow of blood past the bubble, which can result in damage to tissues and organs, such as the brain. An air embolism can happen during a problem placing an arterial catheter, or when there is damage to the heart or lungs that causes air to ...Read more


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Does air embolism occur during pregnancy?

Unlikely but possibl: Embolism during delevery is rare dangerous event, it is possible unfortunately if it happens it is more due to aminiotic fluid embolism. ...Read more

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Air embolism from oral in pregnancy?

Air embolism: An embolism of air can be a very serious, immediate threat to your health. Not sure how oral and pregnancy relate, can you give more information? If you are fine, hours after writing and reading this question/answer, you probably can relax about this risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Never heard of that: Doubtful, but i guess anything is possible. One of the causes listed in the literature for free air in the abdomen is "rough sex." i guess one could translate that to the possibility of air embolism. ...Read more

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Can you get air embolism from air in vagina?

Very rarely: Dr. Quarles is right to say that the concern about air embolism from the vagina is greatly overblown, and there is more legend that fact. However, strong air pressure developing in the vagina during late pregnancy does pose a hazard, and rarely, fatal and near fatal cases have occurred, from orogenital sex or any source of air pressure in the vagina. See ...Read more

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Am afraid of an air embolism and i'm 8 months pregnant?

Why?: Air can only get into veins from intravenous, and is carefully watched. Pregnancy does not produce that problem. Other issues of obesity, sedentary deep vein clots are more of a concern. Amniotic fluid embolism is rare. ...Read more

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Air embolism from air in vagina. Is that a one in a million occurrence or rarer?

Air embolism from air in vagina.  Is that a one in a million occurrence or rarer?

It is rare: But it tends to be more common during pregnancy. It typically happens during oral sex where your partner tries to blow air into your vagina to expand it. Avoid doing that during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it true that douching with the showerhead can cause an air embolism? I did it earlier and now im getting paranoid about it (anxiety) ive had since

Is it true that douching with the showerhead can cause an  air embolism? I did it earlier and now im getting paranoid about it (anxiety) ive had since

Possibly: Douching during pregnancy can cause an air embolism. I wasn't able to find reference to douching with a shower head in a non-pregnant state. But I would avoid that activity as douching upsets the normal vaginal bacterial and yeast balance and predisposes to bacterial infection of the vagina(bacterial vaginosis). ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex on your period? Since its more open down there isn't it a big risk of issues & air embolism during your period? Must I say no??

Is it safe to have sex on your period? Since its more open down there isn't it a big risk of issues & air embolism during your period? Must I say no??

It is safe: Sex during a menstural period can be a bit bloody, so one consequence is blood-stained sheets, clothes, furniture, etc... Pregnancy is usually not possible, unless sex is at the very end of a "long period" and sperm stays alive for several more days until the next ovulation happens. In real life, air embolisms from typical sexual intercourse (penis-vagina) is not something people worry about. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more