Pregnancy

What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy ?

Ectopic means “out of place”. It occurs when the fertilized egg, instead of getting implanted in the uterus, gets implanted elsewhere, that is in the fallopian tubes, ovary or cervix.

Normally, the uterus is the ideal place for implantation, because it provides the required nutrition for the growth of the fertilized egg that eventually turns into a baby after nine months of nurturance. It also expands with the growth of the egg.

The other areas, the fallopian tube, ovary and cervix, do not provide the space provided by the uterus for the pregnancy to develop. As the fetus grows the organ also grows and eventually bursts. This can cause severe bleeding and endanger the mother’s life. This kind of pregnancy ends up in early termination.

Causes

An ectopic pregnancy usually occurs due to the inability of the fertilized egg to travel down from the fallopian tube to the uterus. Also, sometimes an infection of the fallopian tubes will block the passage of the egg to the uterus. A very common cause of blockage of the fallopian tubes is gonorrhea or chlamydia, a pelvic inflammatory disease.

Endometriosis, which is a condition where cells from the uterus implant elsewhere and grow out of the uterus and previous fallopian surgeries also tend to block the fertilized egg from moving to the uterus. Moreover, birth defects or abnormal growths can alter the shape of the fallopian tube and disrupt the egg’s movement to the uterus.

It is therefore very important that you have a thorough checkup and rule out any possible chance of an Ectopic pregnancy.

1 response to What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy ?

  1. it was the case one of my friend, she experienced Ectopic Pregnancy and now she is afraid of being pregnant but she is longing for a baby her own baby.sad to know the doctor advice her that pregnancy for her is not advice.

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