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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ectopic Pregnancy (Overview)

An abnormal condition in which the pregnancy occurs outside a woman's uterus.


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How can I know if I am having an ectopic pregnancy?

How can I know if I am having an ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound: The diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy may not be straight-forward and may take multiple blood pregnancy tests and ultrasounds done over several days. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
489 Doctors shared insights

Ectopic Pregnancy (Overview)

An abnormal condition in which the pregnancy occurs outside a woman's uterus.


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How does an ectopic pregnancy affect my gf's body?

How does an ectopic pregnancy affect my gf's body?

Serious note: If identified and treated early, there's a good chance everything will resolve with no harm. There's a 30% chance of damage to her tube, but usual outlook for health and fertility is good. On the other hand...If diagnosed late, misdiagnosed, if not treated or inappropraately treated she can lose a tube and can even be life-threatening. Please don't panic, but stay on top of this. ...Read more

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Ectopic pregnancy (Tip)

If you have pelvic pain and suspect pregnancy, don't delay evaluation—the quicker the better. ...See more

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Treating an Ectopic Pregnancy (Checklist)

Get diagnosed
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Get laparoscopic surgery or treat with methotrexate medication
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What are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

What are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

Pain and shock.: Classically women are late for their period and begin to have pelvic pain and sometimes abnormal vaginal bleeding. Sometimes other symptoms are present. It is not always an easy diagnosis to make. A visit to your doctor is urgently required. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
Daily
Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medications that could interfere with your birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
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I am 5 weeks pregnant with two previous miscarriage. 2 days ago my hCG level was 2000 and today it was 2450. Can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy or mc?

I am 5 weeks pregnant with two previous miscarriage. 2 days ago my hCG level was 2000 and today it was 2450. Can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy or mc?

Yes - see M.D.!: If the reported values are accurate and 48 hours apart, they indicate increased likelihood of a non-viable pregnancy, meaning abortion or ectopic pregnancy. In either case, please see you gynecologist asap to get urgent care! best of luck! ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Pregnancy (Checklist)

Don't smoke
daily
Take a walk: walking promotes easier labor
daily
Take prenatal vitamins with folate to reduce birth defects
daily
Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fruit and dairy products
daily
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My mother was diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy. How will this affect her?

It will be removed: Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside of the uterus and is generally not sustainable to full term. Moreover, it can cause fallopian tube rupture through an artery and be life threatening under those conditions. It will be spontaneously expelled, treated with methotrexate, or surgically removed. ...Read more

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Severe lower right abdominal pains! What is test for ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound: With those symptoms and a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound exam would be appropriate and may need to be repeated over time for a definitive diagnosis. You may also need blood drawn for labwork during that time. ...Read more

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Managing Pregnancy Complications (Checklist)

Keep all of your scheduled appointments with your gynecologist
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Contact your doctor if you experience unusual symptoms
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Monitor the baby's kick counts during your third trimester
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Discuss the optimal time for delivery with your gynecologist
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At what point does an ectopic pregnancy become critical? Is it possible to catch one in time with regular pregnancy tests?

Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy may become critical at any point but the danger of rupture is greatest from 8-12 weeks. A pregnancy test alone is inadequate to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. If there is pain in the ovary area and a positive pregnancy test an ultrasound is a good diagnostic tool. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

How do you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?

You don't - see MD!: No woman can know if she has an ectopic pregnancy by history or symptoms. Even the physician cannot know if an early pregnancy is ectopic by history and physical examination alone. One has to rely on high-quality transvaginal ultrasound and serum beta HCG levels to clinch this potentially life-threatening diagnosis. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
Weekly
Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
Monthly
Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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If your hCG are slowly going down, could this still mean ectopic pregnancy? Will my tube burst? I have already lost one tube.

If your hCG are slowly going down, could this still mean ectopic pregnancy? Will my tube burst? I have already lost one tube.

Ectopic Pregnancy: Hcg drop needs to be watched. The level could drop slowly for various reasons. The level it started at is also important. Call your doctor with any pain. ...Read more

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What helps treat ectopic pregnancy?

Surgery and meds: Depending on the size and age of the ectopic, sometimes medications can be given that will cause it to reabsorb into a woman's body and surgery will not be needed. If it is too large, or if it has ruptured, surgery will be necessary to remove the pregnancy and stop any bleeding. ...Read more

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Have been experiencing nausea and vomiting since April been to doctor was treated for ectopic pregnancy. Still having nausea, vomiting, and back pain?

Have been experiencing nausea and vomiting since April been to doctor was treated for ectopic pregnancy. Still having nausea, vomiting, and back pain?

See Gyn again Stat: If you were treated for an ectopic pregnancy and still are having symptoms of pregnancy, you need to see your Gyn stat. Sometimes the Ectopic pregnancy persists or causes other problems that don't easily go away without more treatment. ...Read more

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Treatment of ectopic pregnancy?

Options: The most important thing with an ectopic pregnancy is to get treated now. This is a true emergency. In early cases we can treat it with a medication called methotrexate. This is the best and safest option. If the ectopic is too big or beginning to rupture it must be treated with surgical intervention. If you have an ectopic pregnancy you should be seen in the er now. ...Read more

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How safe is it to have an ectopic pregnancy managed by drugs?

Very: At least 80% of ectopic pregnancies that meet strict criteria can be managed with a medication called methotrexate. You need to see your obgyn to discuss the specific issues, side effects, and concerns of course. But overall, Methotrexate is very safe for managing ectopics. ...Read more

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I have just had surgery for ectopic pregnancy. The doctor asked me to use up my folic acid tablets. Why would she prescribe that? How does it help?

Folic Acid: I am assuming you took methotrexate for your ectopic pregnancy. This medication depletes your folic acid stores, so it is important to resupplement. I am sorry for your loss. ...Read more

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For an ectopic pregnancy, before the fetus grows and gets stuck, can the partner cum inside again and that will push it? Need some hope

Unfortunately: Unfortunately this is not possible. Ectopic pregnancy is not normal, and will not result in a normal pregnancy, and it is a life threatening condition.
If we are talking about an ectopic pregnancy that has implanted in one of your tubes (most common location), then you are at risk of having your tube rupture, which can lead to massive blood loss, and in some cases death. Also, if you lose one of your fallopian tubes this will decrease your chances of becoming pregnant in the future.
An ectopic pregnancy is an emergency and needs to be treated right away. If caught early medical treatment can de done, if not then surgery is the only other option.

I am truly sorry about your situation, and I wish you much luck in the future. ...Read more

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Can you inherit having ectopic pregnancy? I'm a little worried im spotting darker blood but not a full blown period. My period should start in two days I have two kids both csection but never had implantation bleeding.

No: Good news, ectopic pregnancy is not in any way inherited. If you have regular periods and you are fairly sure of your last one, I suggest relax and see if the next period comes in 2 days. If you are worried, I always recommend calling your doctor is the best plan of action. ...Read more

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Having recently been told I have a slightly higher risk of ectopic pregnancy. What does that mean?

Ectopic Pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside of the uterus. If you are pregnant and develop abnormal vaginal bleeding & lower abdominal or pelvic pain please seek urgent medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you prevent ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic prego: The only sure way to prevent ectopic pregnancy is to prevent pregnancy from occuring in the first place. ...Read more

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How many weeks couples should avoid sex after ectopic pregnancy?

How many weeks couples should avoid sex after ectopic pregnancy?

Average: Is 6 weeks to give your body biome to heal properly. Best! ...Read more

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Ectopic pregnancy danger?

Ectopic pregnancy danger?

Extremely dangerous: Pelvic/abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding in a pregnant woman are most common symptoms. These are rarely present early ectopic though, so if there's reason for concern about ectopic consult your doctor, do not rely on symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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