Dr. Ronen OB/GYN
OB/GYNs located in Houston, TX
Ectopic Pregnancy Q & A
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
When a fertilized egg implants and starts to develop outside the main cavity of the uterus, it’s diagnosed as an ectopic pregnancy.
In a normal pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, where it thrives and develops. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg can’t grow or be nourished, so it’s unviable.
An ectopic pregnancy often happens in the fallopian tube, the reproductive organ that carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. The fertilized egg can spend up to four days in the fallopian tubes, where it may implant accidentally.
An ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube is called a tubal pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can also occur in the ovary, abdominal cavity, or cervix.
What are the signs of an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy seems like a normal pregnancy at first. You’ll get a positive pregnancy test result, miss your period, have breast tenderness, and possibly experience morning sickness.
But, as the egg grows in the wrong place, you’ll start to notice signs such as pelvic pain and light vaginal bleeding. If you experience these symptoms early in pregnancy, it’s a good idea to call our office. When caught early, you can prevent serious complications of the condition.
What are the complications of an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy can cause life-threatening bleeding due to rupture of the fallopian tube in which it’s developing. Heavy bleeding in the abdomen is also possible.
With an ectopic pregnancy, you may experience extreme dizziness, fainting, and severe abdominal pain.
How is an ectopic pregnancy treated?
The ectopic pregnancy must be removed to prevent life-threatening complications. In an ectopic pregnancy identified early with no uncontrolled bleeding, Dr. Pinky Ronen & Dr. Itai Ronen offer an injection of methotrexate, a medication that stops cell growth and dissolves the tissue.
Laparoscopic surgery removes the ectopic pregnancy in a minimally invasive way. The errant tissue is removed with tiny instruments and the fallopian tube is repaired or removed.
Emergency surgery is necessary when there is heavy bleeding.
If you’re concerned about an ectopic pregnancy, call Dr. Ronen OB/GYN or schedule an appointment online today.
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