According to the Mayo Clinic, an ectopic pregnancy occurs “when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.”
An ectopic pregnancy usually occurs as a result of damaged or misshapen fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy requires medical intervention once discovered and should be treated before complications arise.
What Are The Risk Factors?
It is not always known why ectopic pregnancies occur; however, some factors increase a woman’s chance of experiencing this pregnancy complication.
The Cleveland Clinic states that risk factors include the following:
- A previous ectopic pregnancy
- A history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Surgery on your fallopian tubes
- A history of infertility
- Treatment for infertility with in vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- An intrauterine device (IUD)
- A history of smoking
Sometimes an ectopic pregnancy can occur due to a condition impacting the fallopian tube or a blockage.
How Can I Ensure I Do Not Have An Ectopic Pregnancy?
Ultrasound imaging can help professionals take note of where a pregnancy is located and ensure a woman’s health is not in danger.
Sometimes, additional testing may be needed. Further testing can be ordered by your medical provider to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy.
Beginning with an ultrasound is the best place to start if you are pregnant. If you do not already have a trusted physician, reach out to your local pregnancy center. They can help provide this service-usually at no cost.
Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening. Once it is discovered, a medical professional will manage treatment to be sure this condition is resolved without complications to your health.
Where Can I Go?
Here at BSideU for life, we can provide you with the answers you need. We offer free pregnancy testing appointments that can include an ultrasound, if eligible. Contact us today for our free services and protect your health. You deserve peace of mind.