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Ectopic Pregnancy - Symptoms, Causes And Remedies

May 18, 2008
Ectopic is derived from Greek word ektopos, meaning out of place. Ectopic pregnancy was first discovered in the 11th century and by the end of 18th century, it took a lethal form. Many women were then known to die of ectopic pregnancy. Today, with advancements in the field of medicine, death due to ectopic pregnancy is rare. Nevertheless, an ectopic pregnancy can prove to be dangerous.

What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is not a normal pregnancy. In normal pregnancy, the sperms reach the egg in the fallopian tube, where fertilization occurs and then, this fertilized egg travels on to reach the uterus and implants itself there to complete the gestation period. However, in ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg fails to reach the uterus for the gestation period and instead implant itself anywhere outside uterus, like cervix, fallopian tube, abdominal cavity. In general, in ectopic pregnancy cases, the fertilized egg implants itself in the fallopian tube.

Since in ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants itself outside the uterus, it starts drawing blood for its growth, rupturing the organs and creating danger to life. As only the uterus is designed to hold the fetus, so ectopic pregnancy does not last for more than 3 months. It always results in the death of the embryo.

Symptoms For Ecotopic Pregnancy

There are symptoms that help in deducing the ectopic pregnancy. Although it is also not necessary that all these pregnancy symptoms will be seen. Lower abdominal pain, which increases over a period, accompanied by lower back pain, Shoulder pain, which occurs, as the fetus draws blood for its growth, hampers the functions of diaphragm. Vaginal bleeding, which is different from normal bleeding, can be heavier or lighter and the blood is dark colored. Nausea and vomiting, Weakness, and pale skin, followed by fainting (caused because of bleeding), Low blood pressure when the bleeding is heavy.

Causes Of Ecotopic Pregnancy

Several major factors cause ectopic pregnancies. Some of them are listed below:
Previously, if the woman had undergone any fallopian tube surgery Occurrence of several abortions. If there had been an ectopic pregnancy earlier. Intake of medicine for stimulating the process of ovulation


Increase of age; increase in age results in the loss of tubular mobility, due to lack of myoelectrical activity. Infections in fallopian tube and uterus.

Remedy For Ectopic Pregnancy

If the ectopic pregnancy is at initial stage then it can be destroyed by a drug methotrexate, which has very minimum side effects. At advanced level, it can only be treated with the help of surgery, in which the pregnancy will be removed.

After-effects Of Ectopic Preganancy

Due to doses of methotrexate, there will be a little nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
When the surgery is actually performed at advanced level, there might be a decrease in the womans fertility. You must know that your pregnancy is normal or not. You will know the early signs of pregnancy if you monitor your pregnancy week by week. If you find anything unusual, see a doctor at once.
About the Author
An ectopic pregnancy can be deciphered with early signs of pregnancy. Pregnancy week by week development in the first trimester can tell you whether your pregnancy is a normal or an ectopic pregnancy. See a doctor for advice and tests.
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