An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches to an organ outside of the uterus other than the cervix or fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy occurs in one out of every fifty pregnancies. The symptoms of ectopic pregnancy can be as mild as slight vaginal bleeding to severe pelvic pain and shock. There are two main types of ectopic pregnancy: tubal pregnancy and fallopian tube pregnancy. Both are potentially serious.
A woman is more likely to have a tubal pregnancy than a cervix-ectopic pregnancy. Tubal pregnancy, on the other hand, occurs when the fallopian tube is damaged or not functioning correctly. Fortunately, most women will not notice symptoms of ectopic pregnancy until they are in their fourth or fifth week of pregnancy. Early detection is essential in preventing severe bleeding and saving the tube. You should contact a doctor if you suspect that you have an ectopic pregnancy.
Some women choose to use home-testing kits, which allow them to test Early pregnancy scans Belfast their own urine for pregnancy at home. Whichever type of test you choose, make sure you follow the instructions carefully and read the results correctly.
While an ectopic pregnancy cannot be prevented, lifestyle changes can reduce the chance of it occurring again. Avoiding smoking, keeping a healthy weight, and preventing STIs can all help reduce your risk. If you have already experienced an ectopic pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider before trying to conceive again.
Though it can be emotionally devastating, you can conceive successfully in the future. However, if you had one, the risk of having another ectopic pregnancy is higher for you than if you had never experienced an ectopic pregnancy.