Ectopic pregnancy is a terrible diagnosis that every woman is afraid to hear. Two fateful words testifying to a dangerous pathology that leads to the death of the fetus and shatters the dream of future motherhood. But that’s not all: an untimely ectopic pregnancy, as well as delayed medical care, can lead to the most severe forms of infertility, and in the most severe cases, they pose a serious danger to a woman’s life.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? Sometimes it happens that a new life begins to develop not in the uterus, but in the fallopian tube, ovary or abdominal cavity. Thus, an ectopic pregnancy occurs – a pregnancy that develops “outside the uterus”. Attached in the “wrong place”, the fertilized egg begins to develop, as in a normal, uterine pregnancy. Increasing in size, eventually it ruptures the fallopian tube, ovary or vessel, causing severe pain in the lower abdomen and intra-abdominal bleeding. In such a situation, there is no time to lose: the sooner a woman is taken to the hospital, the higher the probability that the consequences of an ectopic pregnancy will not have tragic consequences for her reproductive health.
What are the signs of ectopic pregnancy and how is it dangerous? The main danger of ectopic pregnancy is that it is quite difficult to diagnose it yourself before the appearance of life-threatening symptoms – sharp pain in the lower abdomen, bleeding, weakness, a drop in blood pressure. The test shows 2 strips, and indirect changes in the body: drowsiness, nausea, breast swelling – are no different from the signs of a normal pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy can be detected in the early stages only with the help of ultrasound, analysis to determine the level of hCG, or during surgery. Timely detection of this pathology is the key to effective treatment – the earlier you start it, the higher the chance of avoiding serious complications as a result of ectopic pregnancy.
Aware means armed! At risk for an ectopic pregnancy are women with the following health problems:
- chronic inflammation caused by chlamydia infection, mycoplasma or ureaplasma, abortion;
- congenital anomalies of the uterus and fallopian tubes;
- tumors of the internal genitalia;
- hormonal balance disorders in the body, diseases of the hormonal system;
- problems of miscarriage.
In the presence of such diseases, the expectant mother needs to approach pregnancy planning with extreme caution and constantly be under the supervision of doctors. Even in very difficult situations, early diagnosis and treatment help to cope with the difficulties encountered, as well as minimize the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Motherhood is the main gift in a woman’s life. The ISIDA clinic has developed a number of comprehensive programs that help to identify and eliminate the prerequisites for the occurrence of ectopic pregnancy in time. If you want pregnancy to occur without complications, proceed easily and end with the birth of a healthy child, be sure to undergo a comprehensive examination before the planned conception, which will allow you to assess the readiness of your body to bear a child. And, remember that the best prevention of ectopic pregnancy is an attentive attitude to your reproductive health!