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How Long Can You Carry An Ectopic Pregnancy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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