What Is It!
Ectopic Pregnancy is a complication in which pregnancy occurs the uterus. Most of ectopic are found in the Fallopian Tube, although they can occur at other pelvic sites. If tubal pregnancy is not detected and continues to grow, it eventually ruptures the tube and results in life Threatening Hemorrhage for this reason it is important to make early diagnosis and start treatment, in order to save the tube as well.
What Are The Symptoms?
Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy are same as normal pregnancy, for example missed periods, sore breasts and nausea. However other Symptoms that help us identity the Ectopic Pregnancy are Following:
- Sharp pain in Abdomen, Pelvis, Shoulder and it varies in intensity.
- Weakness, Dizziness, Fainting.
- Vaginal bleeding, it can be light or heavy.
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms.
How Can It Be Diagnosed?
Firstly pregnancy must be confirmed by the use of a serum (blood) pregnancy test, undertaken at Australia Concept Infertility Medical Center. If the urine Pregnancy test is negative, it rules out the Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy. But at times its difficult to identity on scan and so Laparoscopy is often the way of reaching a definitive Diagnosis. This is a technique where by a fine telescope is inserted near the umbilicus which allows the Gynecologist to visualize the pelvic organs.
Who Is At Risk?
- Female’s of age 33-44 years
- Previous Ectopic
- Induced Abortion
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Pelvic, Abdominal surgery
Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy
Now a days there are newer and more sensitive test available that means doctors have means to make the Diagnosis earlier so that tubes can be preserved.
Unfortunately, the developing embryo cannot be saved because requirement of Ectopic is to remove Pregnancy before is becomes too large other treatments include
Medication Methotrexate is used.
Surgery Surgery is done for the removal of pregnancy and affected Fallopian Tube.
Consequences of an Ectopic Pregnancy
With an ectopic pregnancy, a couple not only mourn the loss of a pregnancy, but also the possible loss or reduction in their infertility. This sense of loss is accompanied by the discomfort and anxiety of having an emergency operation.
For a woman who is potentially fertile and has a remaining fallopian tube, the choices available to her and her partner are IVF, adoption or childfree living. The decision making process involved in making these choices can be assisted by the support of the Concept counselor who has experience in the emotional aspects of infertility.