An ectopic pregnancy can be devastating and frightening, regardless of your circumstances. Whether you want to parent, are considering adoption, or even abortion, you are likely asking some serious questions.
Will I be ok? Can my pregnancy continue? How is an ectopic pregnancy treated?
The possibility of an ectopic pregnancy can leave anyone reeling. The team at Pregnancy Resource Center is here to answer your questions and provide you with the care and support you deserve.
In this blog, we’ll discuss what you need to know about ectopic pregnancy: the basics, symptoms and warning signs, and the necessary treatment.
What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. This is also known as tubal pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can also occur in other areas, such as the ovary, abdominal cavity, or the cervix.
Ectopic pregnancies are rare, occurring in 1% of women from ages 24-441. Despite how uncommon ectopic pregnancies are, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms to protect your health!
Can an Ectopic Pregnancy be Carried to Term?
Unfortunately, an ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed like a normal pregnancy, because the fertilized egg can’t survive outside of the uterus. It is fatal to the fetus, and life-threatening to the mother. If left untreated, a rupture occurs where the growing egg has implanted, causing shock and internal bleeding. The mother must undergo emergency surgery in order to stop the bleeding and remove the fertilized egg.
Other questions you might be asking are what are signs and symptoms, how is this ectopic pregnancy diagnosed and treated, can I get pregnant after having an ectopic pregnancy?
You aren’t alone. Our trained staff are here to help and assist you with all of your questions. Stay tuned for next month’s blog where will answer more questions about what an ectopic pregnancy means for you.