How are ectopic pregnancies treated?

It depends. Ectopic pregnancies can be treated w/medication or surgery. Early, stable ectopics in compliant patients are often treated w/methotrexate (a chemotherapy drug) & closely followed. More advanced ectopics or ectopics in patients that are unstable or complicated are usually treated by laparoscopy to remove the pregnancy and possibly the tube. An uncertain diagnosis is also a reason to operate.
Medication/Surgery. Depending on the age of the embryo, one will need either Methotrexate or surgery to treat an ectopic pregnancy. Early pregnancies can be treated with a shot of methotrexate. More advanced pregnancies that are ectopic will require surgery. Patients who are at risk for excessive bleeding, or who are already bleeding, definitely need surgery. Occasionally, the entire tube needs to be taken out.

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I jst recently had an ectopic pregnancy and I've been told that I have clymadia. If treated, do I still have a chance of getting pregnant?

Ask the doc treating. You, the chly can damage the tubes so you have an increased risk of getting another ectopic, u need the chly treated asap and then you need a test of cure to make sure it is gone and testing for other stds to make sure u have nothing else , and then in the future before trying for a preg you may need a laparoscopy with dye and antibiotics to assess your tubes. Read more...

Hello I had an ectopic pregnancy on october treated with methotrexate my af due tomorrow but I feel pain in my right side where the ectopic thank you?

Normal. It can be normal to feel a little pain, there could be some scar tissue there. I'm sorry you're going through this, but likely everything is okay. If you do become pregnant, make sure you see a doctor early in pregnancy to make sure the pregnancy is in the uterus. Best of luck. Read more...

Had ectopic pregnancy successfully treated with 1dose of methotrexate. How likely is Fallopian scarring after this?

It was already there. Most Fallopian tube(ectopic) pregnancies already had luminal (phenobarbital) adhesions or scarring that stopped the fertilized ovum from transporting itself down the tube to the uterus. Methotrexate was the least traumatic way to end the ectopic as opposed to surgery. Read more...

If my first pregnancy resulted as a ectopic pregnancy treated by surgery would I be marked high risk for my next pregnancy strictly due to my history?

Ectopic. There are no set criteria for what would make one "high risk". This would be up to the discretion of your doctor. An ectopic pregnancy raises your chances that subsequent pregnancies will also be ectopic. This is why you should get checked as soon as you are pregnant. An ultrasound at about 6 weeks can determine if the pregnancy is in the uterus or possibly another ectopic. Read more...

Have been experiencing nausea and vomiting since April been to doctor was treated for ectopic pregnancy. Still having nausea, vomiting, and back pain?

See Gyn again Stat. If you were treated for an ectopic pregnancy and still are having symptoms of pregnancy, you need to see your Gyn stat. Sometimes the Ectopic pregnancy persists or causes other problems that don't easily go away without more treatment. Read more...

Is ectopic pregnancy possible with a visible gest-sac? Had u/s at what I believed to b 7wks. U/s only showed 5.3wk empty sac. Dr said poss ectopic.

Not likely. Yes, it's possible but rare. The trick is if your doctor was certain he/she saw a gs or some other intrauterine fluid collection. With a sure gs, risk of also having ectopic is exceedingly low. Read more...

Where do most ectopic pregnancies occur?

Fallopian tubes. Most ectopic pregnancies are in the middle part of the fallopian tube, but they can also be on the ovaries, the outside of the uterus or other places in the pelvis, or in other places in the fallopian tubes. Read more...