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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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What is an ectopic pregnancy?

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

A pregnancy outside : An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, or womb. The most common location of an ectopic pregnancy is the fallopian tube, but it can also be located in the cervix, the ovary, or within the abdominal cavity. The most common symptoms are pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. If it is detected early, it can sometimes be treated with medication instead of surgery. ...Read more

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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

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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 symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

What are symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

Many possible: Pelvic/abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding are most common symptoms. These are rarely present with an early ectopic though, so if there's reason for concern about ectopic consult your doctor, do not rely on symptoms. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Jason Campbell Dr. Campbell
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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medication that could interfere with birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent STDs
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How is an ectopic pregnancy detected?

Need a pelvic exam: At a minimum, if there is any suspicion of ectopic pregnancy, you need a pelvic exam, as well as a pregnancy test, to make the diagnosis. Usually, an ultrasound is done as well to confirm the diagnosis and find the exact location and size of the ectopic. ...Read more

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Managing Pregnancy Complications (Checklist)

Keep all scheduled appointment with your ob/Gyn
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Contact your doctor for unusual symptoms
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Monitor the baby's kick counts in 3rd trimester
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Discuss the optimal time for delivery with your OB
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How are ectopic pregnancies treated?

How are ectopic pregnancies treated?

It depends: Ectopic pregnancies can be treated w/medication or surgery. Early, stable ectopics in compliant patients are often treated w/methotrexate (a chemotherapy drug) & closely followed. More advanced ectopics or ectopics in patients that are unstable or complicated are usually treated by laparoscopy to remove the pregnancy and possibly the tube. An uncertain diagnosis is also a reason to operate. ...Read more

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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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Having a Healthy Pregnancy (Checklist)

Don't smoke
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Take a walk: walking promotes easier labor
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Take prenatal vitamins with folate to reduce birth defects
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Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fruit and dairy products
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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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What is the occurence of ectopic pregnancies?

2% of pregnancies: The american academy of family physicians says that the north american ectopic pregnancy rate is 2 out of 100 pregnancies, or 2%. Over 95% of the ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tubes. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
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Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
Monthly
Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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How long can an ectopic pregnancy be carried?

How long can an ectopic pregnancy be carried?

Never.: An ectopic pregnancy should never be carried. The nature of an ecotpic pregnancy is that it's located in a place that cannot support it for both the sake of the mother and the developing fetus. The fetus needs a placenta to implant in a place with good blood supply and a place that won't harm the mother and the only place for this is in an intact uterus. Otherwise there is a high risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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Getting pregnant after a ectopic pregnancy?

Possible: If given enough time after having an ectopic pregnancy and assuming that there has been no structural damage to the tubules, then there certainly is a normal chance to become pregnant again. ...Read more

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What causes ectopic pregnancy?

Damage to the tubes: Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants somewhere outside the uterus. Most often, it is in the tube but ectopics can happen on the ovary or attach to the bowel, or bladder. Usually the tubes are damaged in some way from infection, endometriosis, or a variety of other reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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