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18th June 2014 03:36 AM #1
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How to detect and avoid ectopic pregnancy?
I have two friends who recently went ectopic pregnancy. How to detect ectopic pregnancy and how to avoid having such pregnancy? It's really a tragic experience.
19th June 2014 06:24 AM #2
I'm sorry to hear that your friends have experienced the tragedy of an ectopic pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilised egg implants outside of the uterus. Most ectopic pregnancies occur when the egg implants in one of the Fallopian tubes. It occurs in around 1 in 100 pregnancies. It is difficult to predict who it will happen to or why it occurs but it is more likely in women who:
- have had previous surgery on their Fallopian tubes
- are aged over 35
- have pelvic inflammatory disease
- have multiple sexual partners
- have previously had an ectopic pregnancy
There is some evidence to suggest that eating a diet low in sugar and high in green vegetables may reduce a woman's chances of an ectopic pregnancy because this may make it less likely that a woman's Fallopian tubes become restricted.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy. Although it is rare it could be life threatening. Symptoms include:
- vaginal bleeding
- pain in your abdomen/ cramping; particularly on one side
- sharp shoulder pain
- diarrhoea and vomiting
It is rare (especially compared to a miscarriage which sadly affects approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies) and I would hold onto that fact. When you become pregnant the most likely outcome is to have a full-term healthy baby.
28th November 2014 09:49 PM #3
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If you see following situation then you detect ectopic pregnancy
• abnormal vaginal bleeding
• abdominal pain, typically just in one side, which can range from mild to severe
• an absent period (amenorrhoea), and other symptoms of pregnancy
To avoid ectopic pregnancy :
If an ectopic pregnancy is detected at an early stage, a medication called methotrexate is sometimes needed to stop the egg developing. The pregnancy tissue is then absorbed into the woman’s body.
However, methotrexate is not always needed – in around half of cases, the egg dies before it can grow.
Ectopic pregnancies detected at a more advanced stage will require surgery to remove the egg.
If an ectopic pregnancy is left to develop, there is a risk that the fertilised egg could continue to grow and cause the fallopian tube to split open (rupture), which can cause life-threatening internal bleeding.
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