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

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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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

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Is it safe to use drugs not an operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy?

Is it safe to use drugs not an operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy?

Depends: An early ectopic pregnancy can sometimes be treated medically with a medication called methotrexate. The success of this therapy depends on the size of the ectopic, HCG level, and compliance of the patient with followup visits. At the doses used to treat ectopic prenancy, it is generally safe and has few side-effects, however close followup is necessary to make sure that the therapy is working. ...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 an ectopic pregnancy?

Could having previous c-sections cause me now to have an 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?

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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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?

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

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Could this be an ectopic pregnancy at 4wk?

Could be: Absolutely. The very first thing to do is get a pregnancy test. ...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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How to know if I have an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy: You need to have serial HCG testing followed closely with pelvic ultrasound which will usually show an empty uterus with a positive pregancy test. Ectopic pregnancy is usually symptomatic with pain and vaginal bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the signs of an ectopic pregnancy?

What are the signs of an ectopic pregnancy?

Pain and bleeding: Some women do not have any symptoms at all. Typically, women will miss their scheduled period, have some spotting, a positve pregnancy test and have pain in their abdomen. If you are concerned you have an ectopic, you should call your provider right away, as this can be emergent. ...Read more

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What causes an ectopic pregnancy to develop?

Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the developing embryo does not implant in the uterus but on some other structure. Common places include the fallopian tube, the ovary, and the cornual area of the uterus. A cause of ectopic pregnancies is tubal damage by sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Could I have an ectopic pregnancy if no pain?

Yes: If you have missed a period than ectopic pregnancy is a possibility. The pain of the condition may only start when the fallopian tube is "stretched" enough to be symptomatic prior to rupture. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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