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How long can an ectopic pregnancy be carried and taken care of with drugs before surgery is needed?

How long can an ectopic pregnancy be carried and taken care of with drugs before surgery is needed?

It depends: The length of time is related to the response seen in blood tests. If the levels show a fall, it may be possible to avoid surgery though it may take weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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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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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How many weeks ectopic pregnancy can be carried?

8 wks: 1st -gyns start counting weeks of preg based on the 1st day of your last period (I know that's actually 2 wks before you ovulate & conceive , but that's the convention ). Generally , an ectopic will rupture @ the 8th week +/- a week . Rarely , people might go to 12 wks , its almost impossible to go to viability (@24 + weeks). ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for the body to reabsorb a dead ectopic pregnancy?

No one knows: For certain. After mtx injection for confirmed ectopic, time for HCG to drop to zero can be anywhere from a few days up to about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can an ectopic pregnancy reach 6 months or the woman would have already died before that long ?

Can an ectopic pregnancy reach 6 months or the woman would have already died before that long ?

Yes, it can: An ectopic pregnancy, e.g. , an abdominal pregnancy can grow to 6 months. The problem is that the woman may not survive the bleeding that will be associated with the removal of the placenta. ...Read more

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How long before an ectopic pregnancy can be detected?

How long before an ectopic pregnancy can be detected?

Usually 6-7 wks: An ectopic pregnancy is usually diagnosed around 6-7 weeks. Sometimes it can be detected earlier by following beta HCG levels. ...Read more

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How long before en ectopic pregnancy can be detected?

How long before en ectopic pregnancy can be detected?

Suspected: Ectopic can sometimes be suspected by 4 weeks ega (or before) based on blood levels. At 4 weeks (2 weeks after the missed expected menstrual period) it's still unlikely to positively identify ectopic on ultrasound. It's often difficult or impossible to make a 100% certain diagnosis until 5, 6, or later weeks ega; but ectopic can be strongly suspected before then. ...Read more

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Will i be able to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy? How long will i have to wait?

Will i be able to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy? How long will i have to wait?

3 months: Most women can still get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy and have a normal baby. Its fortunate that you have two fallopian tubes! You will need to wait 3 months before trying again to give your body a chance to heal. When you do become pregnant again, you will want to see your Ob as soon as you know you are pregnant to make sure you don't have another ectopic pregnancy. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I took the map once & just wondering how long will it take to be out of the body system? Also, what are the chances of ectopic pregnancy in future?

I took the map once & just wondering how long will it take to be out of the body system? Also, what are the chances of ectopic pregnancy in future?

Morning after pill?: I think you are referring to the morning after pill? If so then it is out of your system in a few days. Some menstrual irregularity is expected. Check a pregnancy test in 10-14 days. There is no relationship between emergency contraception and ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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I had ectopic pregnancy in august 2013. They had removed my right tube. From August I'm to get pregnant but no successful yet.how long it takes time n?

I had ectopic pregnancy in august 2013. They had removed my right tube. From August I'm to get pregnant but no successful yet.how long it takes time n?

Varies: 80% of couples trying will conceive within a year of trying. If you had an ectopic you should talk to your doctor and discuss if there are reasons that they feel you may have difficulty conceiving within that year. If patients try for a year unsuccessfully, we recommend having a workup. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment needed for ectopic pregnancy? What are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy? How long will it take to rupture?

Surgeru: The only treatment is surgery. The rupture timing is variable and IF THERE IS ANY SUSPICION that this may be the reason for LOWER ABDOMINAL PAIN and MISSED PERIOD a EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT is medically necessary!
Hope this helps

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Dr Z ...Read more

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I had an ectopic pregnancy 6 months ago, losing my left tube. How long does it take for my body to only releases eggs from the right/working side?

I had an ectopic pregnancy 6 months ago, losing my left tube. How long does it take for my body to only releases eggs from the right/working side?

Both sides: If you still have your left ovary, you will continue to ovulate from both ovaries. Each month will be a 50% chance the egg will be released on the good side. Because you had one ectopic, you are at risk for another. As soon as you think you are pregnant, you need to get in and get checked. ...Read more

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How long will my muscles take to heal after having an ectopic pregnancy removed by laparoscopy?

How long will my muscles take to heal after having an ectopic pregnancy removed by laparoscopy?

Days to weeks: I am assuming you are referring to the incision site on your abdomen. Technically, after a laparascopic surgery, you should be able to resume most normal day to day activities within 2-3 days. However, the incision site will require 3-4 weeks for full healing process to complete. ...Read more

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How long does it take women to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy with one fallopian tube?

Depends: This is going to depend on if you have scarring in the one fallopian tube and if your partner does not have any sperm problems. If your tubes are clear and the sperm healthy you could get pregnant as soon as you start the process. Good luck see your Gynecologist/Physician for more answers. ...Read more

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Does it take longer to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy? I had my Fallopian tube removed. I am 32 and my husband is 38. Thanks

Does it take longer to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy? I had my Fallopian tube removed. I am 32 and my husband is 38. Thanks

Other tube: Having one ectopic does increase your risk of another ectopic. Your baseline fertility is not affected. The functional status of the remaining tube can be assessed by your doctor if you are having trouble getting pregnant. ...Read more

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I had ectopic pregnancy and laparoscopy 23rd of july (hormone lev. 2900 at the time and no more than 6 w preg. How long does it take for hormone to go?

Usually: A "rule of thumb" is that hCG drops at about the same rate it rises; so it can take 2-6 weeks for your hCG to fall to zero. It may fall quicker; most women should be followed with blood levels about weekly until they are zero. ...Read more

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Ectopic pregnancy in C-section scar can it happen again? Had a d&c how long to wait to try for another

Yes: Ask the ob-gyn about the anatomy and extent of scar and repair.

Probably 3months to be sure healed and periods return to normal. ...Read more

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Ectopic pregnancy but in a C-section scar, was told baby implanted in to C-section scar is it possable to still carry to term?

Ectopic pregnancy but in a C-section scar, was told baby implanted in to C-section scar is it possable to still carry to term?

Unlikely: Unfortunately the odds are against a good outcome in pregnancies that are outside the uterine cavity. The fallopian tube can only expand so far before rupture so that eliminates the possibility of tubal pregnancies making it to viability. Rarely abdominal pregnancies can result in a liveborn baby but the risks to mother and baby are very great. Sorry to hear about your situation. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of a ectopic pregnancy? Can it be carried full term? I had tubaligation 5months ago and test result is positive.

Dangerous: An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy implanting in a place other than the intrauterine cavity. Most are in the fallopian tube. Other site include ovary, uterine cornua, cervix, etc. If untreated , they most likely will rupture causing internal hemorrhage which is life threatening. There have been cases of ectopics implanting in the abdomen and developing. These are rare and very dangerous. ...Read more

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I just had a laparotomy done to terminate an ectopic pregnancy 3 days ago. How long does the swelling and soreness last? Currently on home leave.

I just had a laparotomy done to terminate an ectopic pregnancy 3 days ago. How long does the swelling and soreness last? Currently on home leave.

Depend: depend first if it was ruptured with bleeding or not ,if it did and you are anemic it is going to take 2-3 months to build up strength and able to feel normal again.
if not they were able to reach the ectopic before it ruptured, then the recovery from surgery is 3-4 weeks, to allow wound to heal and your body to gain strength from general anesthesia. ...Read more

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I had an ectopic pregnancy about 2 years ago they remove my right ovary and my tube was mess up how long I have to wait to try again to have a baby?

I had an ectopic pregnancy about 2 years ago they remove my right ovary and my tube was mess up how long I have to wait to try again to have a baby?

Now.....: as good a time as any. Why did you wait so long. You could have started 11/2 year ago. Did you even bother to ask your gyne ??????????????? ...Read more

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How long after laparoscopic surgery for ectopic pregnancy should wait to start have sex again?

1-2 weeks: Follow recommendations of your surgeon, but 10-14 days seems very reasonable if not early. ...Read more

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How long would it take your gp doctor to organise a ultra sound scan for an ectopic pregnancy? Would an ectopic pregnancy be picked up in a test?

Immediately: If there is a suspicion of an ectopic pregnancy, an ultrasound should be ordered immediately and done the same day. This is considered a medical emergency. ...Read more

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I took a mtx shot for ectopic pregnancy. Does mtx cause birth defects? How long should I wait to try and conceive again? Articles or info appreciated

I took a mtx shot for ectopic pregnancy. Does mtx cause birth defects? How long should I wait to try and conceive again? Articles or info appreciated

Yes it does but : No one would ever give a pregnant Methotrexate during a viable pregnancy. You can start trying again when the bhg hormone goes down to zero. The medication will be out of your system by then. ...Read more

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When should I see doctor for possible ectopic pregnancy? I had a pain in lower abdomin and bleeding. I know could be miscarriage. How long do I wait?

When should I see doctor for possible ectopic pregnancy? I had a pain in lower abdomin and bleeding. I know could be miscarriage. How long do I wait?

Now: Bleeding during pregnancy may be common but it is not normal and should always be evaluated by your doctor. If you have had a positive pregnancy test and are having pain and bleeding then prompt evaluation is warranted to confirm a normal pregnancy located inside of the uterus. ...Read more

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Always had trouble with periods took me 11 years 2 suspected ectopic pregnancies and 1 ectopic pregnancy to find a abnormal right tube. Long story short I have the implant and now currently have a benign cyst inside my ovary at 5cm last checked January an

Always had trouble with periods took me 11 years 2 suspected ectopic pregnancies and 1 ectopic pregnancy to find a abnormal right tube. Long story short I have the implant and now currently have a benign cyst inside my ovary at 5cm last checked January an

Question??: You have quite a gynecologic history but I'm not sure what your question is. The cyst could be a normal functional cyst or could be more serious. More details about your current symptoms, if any, and the details of the ultrasound would be necessary to say more. ...Read more

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How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder. I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery. How lo

How long does shoulder pain last after laparoscopic surgery? I had a lap for an ectopic pregnancy yesterday and I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder.  I think it may be from the intraabdominal gas they use to blow up the belly during surgery.  How lo

Varies: The gas pain will go away quickly in most cases. The specific time will depend on a number of factors including how long was the surgery, what was done during the surgery, how heavy is the patient, how quickly can the patient be up and ambulating, etc. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ectopic Pregnancy (Definition)

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