Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy
Definition, Symptoms, Causes and Remedies
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. Today, with advancements in the field of medicine, death due to
ectopic pregnancy is rare.
What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancy is
not a 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.
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, the fertilized egg implants itself in
the fallopian tube.
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.
- There are
symptoms that help in deducing the ectopic pregnancy. Although it is also not necessary that all these
pregnancy symptoms will be seen.
abdominal pain, which increases over a period of time, accompanied by lower back
- Shoulder pain,
which occurs, as the fetus draws blood for its growth, hampers the functions of
bleeding, which is different from normal bleeding, can be heavier or lighter and the blood is dark
- Nausea and
- Weakness and
pale skin, followed by fainting (caused because of bleeding)
- Low blood
pressure when the bleeding is heavy.
Several major factors cause ectopic pregnancies. Some
of them are listed below:
Previously, if the woman had undergone any fallopian
Occurrence of several abortions
Intake of medicine for stimulating the process of
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.
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.
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 woman's fertility
You must know that your
pregnancy is normal or not. You will know the early signs if you monitor your pregnancy week by week. If you
find anything unusual, see a doctor at once.
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.