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What Causes A Ectopic Pregnancy
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fertilized egg: If fertilized egg lodges in tube or elsewhere. ...Read more
Hsg showed clear tubes. what are other possible causes for ectopic pregnancy? Odds of it happening a 2nd time?
Ectopic causes: Even thought the HSG shows patency and they are "open" there can be impediments to the fertilized egg traversing and implanting in the uterus such as narrowing of the isthmus of the tube. Most ectopic pregnancies are caused by fallopian tube infections. There is a 10 % chance of a 2nd ectopic after the first. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Some occur without any known risk factor or reason. Others are caused by malfunctioning fallopian tubes. This can be caused by infections like chlamydia or gynecologic problems like endometriosis. What is certain is that having one ectopic increases the chances of it happening again. Being on birth control to prevent this life threatening issue is important. ...Read more
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