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Is there a test to see if I'm having an ectopic pregnancy?

Is there a test to see if I'm having an ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound: First you need a urine or blood test to confirm you are pregnant. If you are pregnant and having pain in your pelvis, then an ultrasound will show whether the pregnancy is inside the uterus (where it should be), or in or near the ovary (where it shouldn't be). Ectopic pregnancies can be serious, so if you're having strong pelvic pain, see your ob/gyn right away! ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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I'm worried I might be having an ectopic pregnancy?

I'm worried I might be having an ectopic pregnancy?

Needs workup: First take a home pregnancy test from the pharmacy to test if you are pregnant. If positive then go to the doctor, urgent care. They can run serial hcg tests and perform a transvaginal ultrasound. Let us know what happens. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I'm having a ectopic pregnancy or something else?

Can you tell me how to know if I'm having a ectopic pregnancy or something else?

First thing…: Assuming that there is a pregnancy, ectopic pregnancies are usually accompanied by pain when they start to rupture. If a gestational sac is seen in the uterus on ultrasound, then ectopic pregnancy is unlikely. If a fetal heartbeat is seen on ultrasound then there is less than a 5% chance of miscarriage. ...Read more

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I've had an ectopic pregnancy if I'm pregnant now am I at risk of it being another ectopic?

I've had an ectopic pregnancy if I'm pregnant now am I at risk of it being another ectopic?

ABSOLUTELY!: The rates of recurrent ectopic pregnancy after single dose methotrexate, salpingectomy, and linear salpingostomy were 8, 10, and 15%, respectively, among women who attempted to conceive again.
Seek early care with a gynecologist and check serial beta HCG levels and transvaginal sonograms until intrauterine viable pregnancy is determined conclusively. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily! ...Read more

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Going to pregnancy unit tomo as might have ectopic pregnancy, how will they find out? Is this dangerous? I'm so scared : (

Going to pregnancy unit tomo as might have ectopic pregnancy, how will they find out? Is this dangerous? I'm so scared : (

Ultrasound: You will have blood drawn (pregnancy hormone test) and a vaginal ultrasound. If nothing is seen in the uterus and a mass is seen in the tube, an ectopic might be present. Sometimes the pregnancy test is so low nothing can be seen and these tests need repeated in a few days or a week. Ectopics can often be treated with medication now, not always needing surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had an ectopic pregnancy in 07 and was treated with medication. I had my son in 09'. I'm 4wks today I have an appt Friday what test will be done?

I had an ectopic pregnancy in 07 and was treated with medication. I had my son in 09'. I'm 4wks today I have an appt Friday what test will be done?

Recommendation: With your history, I would recommend checking a quantitative BHCG and progesterone level. The BHCG could be rechecked in 2 days to check the rise. An ultrasound around 6-8 weeks would confirm it's in the uterus. ...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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Could having previous c-sections cause me now to have a ectopic pregnancy?

Could having previous c-sections cause me now to have a ectopic pregnancy?

Minimal risk factor: Any pelvic surgery can increase the risk of an ectopic if any tubal damage is involved or if there are multiple adhesions (scar tissue). Like anyone else, if you have an early pregnancy and experience any pain with or without bleeding, check with your doc asap. You can also ask your doc how your tubes looked at c-section, (for peace of mind). Prior ectopic is a larger risk factor. ...Read more

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Does having previous c-sections increase my chance of having an ectopic pregnancy?

Does having previous c-sections increase my chance of having an ectopic pregnancy?

No: Previous caesarean section doesn't predispose to ectopic pregnancy. However, it does increase the likelihood of subsequent c-section deliveries depending on where the initial uteran incision was made. Complications of c-sections include hemorrhage, infection, and thromboembolism, which would all have likely presented shortly after the procedure. ...Read more

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I'm worried about ectopic pregnancy with the Plan B step one. Is there a big chance of it happening?

I'm worried about ectopic pregnancy with the Plan B step one. Is there a big chance of it happening?

10% vs 2%: Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/plan-b.Html: 2% of all pregnancies are ectopic. In those using progestin only contraception (such as plan b), up to 10% of pregnancies are ectopic but remember, chances of getting pregnant on any contraception are much less than if not taking birth control. However, fda doesn't feel emergency contraception increases risk: http://goo. Gl/l9gn9n. ...Read more

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I'm almost 50- had an ectopic pregnancy 25 years ago - the last 2 cycles, I've had extreme pain on the same side, right near the end of the cycle! Why?

Menstrual pain: There are many causes of menstrual related pain. A pelvic exam and ultrasound can check for the serious ones. Other causes are fibroid tumors, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or even bowel problems can be irritated by menstrual hormones. Since it happened two times in a row, get it evaluated, just to make sure no tubal pregnancy or cancer is there. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're a coma and you're having an ectopic pregnancy or appendicitus what happens?

I'm just wondering, if you're a coma and you're having an ectopic pregnancy or appendicitus what happens?

If you are in: A coma, it is unlikely you will have sex, so ectopic would be unlikely. Appendicitis, however, can happen, not only in comatose patients, but other patients who are sick from other causes. But usually coma or near coma patients are in a hospital, so they can get a ct scan to make immediate diagnosis if appendicitis is suspect. ...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

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What is an ectopic pregnancy?

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

Out of place pregnan: Ectopic literally means out of place in greek. It is the term used to describe reproductive accidents where the fertilized egg implants outside the endometrial cavity that is prepared to support it. The most common site is the fallopian tube (>90%), followed by more rare and catastrophic locations, including the ovary, cervix, abdominal cavity. Any of those types can prove life-threatening! ...Read more

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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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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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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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What exactly is an ectopic pregnancy?

What exactly is an ectopic pregnancy?

Fetus outside uterus: When the fertilized egg implants anywhere but inside the womb, the pregnancy is called ectopic, from the greek word for out-of-place. This is a potentially life-threatening condition for the pregnant woman and is practically always non-viable for the fetus (although extremely rare abdominal pregnancies can produce a liveborn frequently at the expense of maternal life). Typically they are tubal. ...Read more

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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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How does an ectopic pregnancy happen?

Stuck in the tube: Conception normally occurs in the fallopian tube and the embryo travels down the tube and into the uterus where it implants. If the embryo gets stuck and implants in the tube an ectopic pregnancy will occur. ...Read more

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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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What are signs of an ectopic pregnancy?

What are signs of an ectopic pregnancy?

Pain and bleeding: The classic signs of an ectopic pregnancy are pelvic pain (usually worse on one side), and spotting in early pregnancy. If you suspect that you might have an ectopic pregnancy, see a doctor right away so that s/he can determine where your pregnancy is growing and if there is a problem. Ectopic pregnancies can be treated without surgery if found early enough, but can be life-threatening otherwise. ...Read more

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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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Can a baby survive an ectopic pregnancy?

Can a baby survive an ectopic pregnancy?

No: Visualize this scene. A person has an ectopic pregnancy which must develop a large blood supply from surrounding tissue. Since the surroundings are not designed to support a pregnancy, the ectopic eventually grows too big & tears away from the tissues leading to massive internal bleeding. Unless recognized quickly & the bleeding stopped (emergency surgery), mom & baby are dead within minutes to hours ...Read more

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Can a baby survive an ectopic pregnancy?

Can a baby survive an ectopic pregnancy?

No: I never heard of one surviving, God will take the child home and you will see your child in heaven ...Read more

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How to know if I have ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound is best: Ectopic pregnancy is the presence of a fertilized embryo implanting outside the normal confines of the uterus, most commonly within the fallopian tube. This can cause pain as the baby grows, since the fallopian tube is not pliable like the uterus. If you have a positive pregnancy test, appropriate followup with an ob/gyn is needed. Ultrasound can determine if the pregnancy is intrauterine. ...Read more

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What medications treat ectopic pregnancy?

Methotrexate: Methotrexate is used to treat an ectopic pregnancy. It is a chemotherapy drug which attacks rapidly dividing cells, like those in a pregnancy (or a cancer). ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy bad?

Pain, bleeding: An ectopic (tubal) pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside its normal location in the uterus. There are certain symptoms that could signal an ectopic pregnancy, such as abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. If you think you might have an ectopic pregnancy, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ectopic Pregnancy (Definition)

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