Ectopic pregnancy - symptoms, causes, consequences
Ectopic pregnancy is a terrible diagnosis, the one every woman is afraid to hear of. Two fatal words, stating a dangerous pathology that leads to the death of the fetus and shatters cherished dream of a future motherhood. But this is not the whole story: an untimely diagnosed ectopic pregnancy, as well as delayed medical help can lead to severe forms of infertility, and in the worst cases – can pose a serious danger to woman's life.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? It happens sometimes that a new life starts its development outside the uterus - in the fallopian tube, ovary or abdominal cavity. Thus, an ectopic pregnancy occurs - a pregnancy that develops "outside the womb". After attaching to the "wrong place", a fertilized egg begins to develop the same way, as in normal, uterine pregnancy. Increasing in size, it breaks the fallopian tube, ovary or vessel at the end, causing severe pain in the lower abdomen and intra-abdominal hemorrhage. In this situation, not a single minute can be wasted: the sooner the woman will go to the hospital, the higher the probability that the consequences of an ectopic pregnancy won’t lead to tragic consequences for her reproductive health.
What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, and how dangerous is it? The main danger of ectopic pregnancy is that it is difficult to diagnose it without medical assistance before the occurrence of life-threatening symptoms - severe pain in the lower abdomen, bleeding, weakness, falling blood pressure. The test shows 2 strips, and indirect changes in the body: drowsiness, nausea, engorgement of breasts - do not differ from the signs of a usual pregnancy. On the early stage, ectopic pregnancy can be detected only via ultrasound, an analysis to determine the level of HCG or during surgery. Timely detection of this pathology is the main key to effective treatment - the earlier you start it, the higher are the chance of avoiding serious complications of ectopic pregnancy.
Forewarned is forearmed! High-risk group for the emergence of ectopic pregnancy includes women with the following health problems:
• chronic inflammation caused by chlamydia infection, mycoplasma or ureaplasma, by abortion;
• congenital anomalies of the uterus and fallopian tubes;
• tumors of internal genital organs;
• hormones imbalance, diseases of the hormonal system;
• recurrent pregnancy loss.
In the presence of following health problems, every mother-to-be should be especially attentive while planning pregnancy and be constantly under medical supervision. Even in very complicated situations, early diagnosis and treatment help to cope with appeared difficulties and minimize the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.
Motherhood is the main gift in every woman's life. ISIDA clinic has a number of complex programs that provide timely detection and correction of health problems that can cause an ectopic pregnancy. If you want to get pregnant without complications and give birth to a healthy baby, be sure to undergo a comprehensive examination prior to the planned conception, which will show an exact assessment on your body readiness for bearing a child. And, remember that the best preventive measures of an ectopic pregnancy is an attentive attitude towards your reproductive health!