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Doctor insights on: Causes Of An Ectopic Pregnancy

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I wanted to know the possible causes of an ectopic pregnancy.And how it can be avoided?

I wanted to know the possible causes of an ectopic pregnancy.And how it can be avoided?

Tube abnormal: The sperm and egg meet in the tube instead of implanting in the uterus adhesions, prior disease in the tube ( gonorrhea) used to be one of the common ones) avoid any pregnancy but that is not a great option! ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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If you end up getting pregnant after taking the morning after pill could that be the cause of an ectopic pregnancy?

No: There are risk factors for tubal (ectopic) pregnancies that include a history of a pelvic infection (sometimes a silent one you were not aware of in the past), pelvic surgery, endometriosis, current iud use, tubal ligation (and reversals), and previous ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can be cause of Ectopic pregnancy?

What can be cause of Ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic Pregnancy: There are many possible causes of ectopic pregnancy. Any previous tubal surgery, previous history of ectopic pregnancy, history of pelvic inflammatory disease, smoking. Many occur in patients that have no risk factors at all. ...Read more

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What causes an ectopic pregnancy to develop?

Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the developing embryo does not implant in the uterus but on some other structure. Common places include the fallopian tube, the ovary, and the cornual area of the uterus. A cause of ectopic pregnancies is tubal damage by sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy?

Varies: Some occur without any known risk factor or reason. Others are caused by malfunctioning fallopian tubes. This can be caused by infections like chlamydia or gynecologic problems like endometriosis. What is certain is that having one ectopic increases the chances of it happening again. Being on birth control to prevent this life threatening issue is important. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my Plan B has caused/resulted in an ectopic pregnancy?

See your doctor: Plan b will not prevent an ectopic pregnancy so the chance of an ectopic is higher when Plan B fails. If you get pregnant on Plan B you need to be monitored more closely until it is certain the pregnancy is normal. This is not the same as saying Plan B causes the ectopic. ...Read more

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Can a miscarriage cause an ectopic pregnancy?

No: Ectopic is a pregnancy outside of the normal place in the uterus. It is most commonly found in the fallopian tube but can also be found on an ovary , the cervix, in the abdomen or in the corner of the uterus. Ectopic s are treated with medication or surgery as the fetus cannot survive. Tubal ectopics may be associated with previous tubal damage from infection or endometriosis. ...Read more

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What can cause an ectopic pregnancy if tubes are tied?

Fertilized egg: If fertilized egg lodges in tube or elsewhere. ...Read more

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Can taking the morning after pill cause an ectopic pregnancy?

No: Taking the "morning-after pill" should have no effect on the risk of ectopic pregnancy; if anything, it should decrease the risk of ectopic pregnancy because it decreases the risk of any pregnancy altogether! hope this helps - good luck! ...Read more

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Hsg showed clear tubes. what are other possible causes for ectopic pregnancy? Odds of it happening a 2nd time?

Ectopic causes: Even thought the HSG shows patency and they are "open" there can be impediments to the fertilized egg traversing and implanting in the uterus such as narrowing of the isthmus of the tube. Most ectopic pregnancies are caused by fallopian tube infections. There is a 10 % chance of a 2nd ectopic after the first. ...Read more

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Could a benign cyst in my fallopian tube have caused my ectopic pregnancy?

Could a benign cyst in my fallopian tube have caused my ectopic pregnancy?

Not likely: Fallopian tube cysts called hydatid cysts of morgagni actually occur at the end and outside of the tube. They usually have a thin stalk with a bleb of fluid surrounded by a thin cyst wall. There are little finger like projections in the tube that move the egg along. The most common known cause of ectopics outside of spontaneous ones (no cause) is exposure to chlamydia. ...Read more

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Can heart palpitations be caused by ectopic pregnancy?

Can heart palpitations be caused by ectopic pregnancy?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant on depo? Would it be able to show up on urine tests? Could Depo-Provera cause a ectopic pregnancy?

Is it possible to get pregnant on depo? Would it be able to show up on urine tests? Could Depo-Provera cause a ectopic pregnancy?

Depo : Depo-provera is one of the most the most effective birth-control options. A pregnancy is possible but exceedingly rare. A pregnancy test would be reliable. The results would not be affected by depo-provera. There is no link between depo-provera and tubal pregnancy. ...Read more

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Did having 3 previous c-sections cause me to get an ectopic pregnancy ?

Did  having 3 previous c-sections cause me to get an ectopic pregnancy ?

Probably not.: Although cesarean sections have many adverse implications for future reproduction, increasing the risk of ectopic pregnancies is not one of them. The adhesions caused by cesarean section typically do not involve the tubes, rather the bladder. When the tubes are affected, infertility can occur, as can ectopics. I am not aware of any good data to prove a link with ectopics, though. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ectopic Pregnancy (Definition)

An abnormal condition in which the pregnancy occurs ...Read more