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Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms


Ectopic Pregnancy defines a broader concept, refeRing to implantation outside the endometrium, including localizations in the cervical or uterine myometrium thicknes. In everyday language, however, ectopic pregnancy, heterotopic or eCyesia have the same meaning.

Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy

Initially, symptoms of ectopic pregnancy caNot be distinguished from those of a normal pregnancy. A woman with early ectopic pregnancy shows the same symptoms as a normal pregnancy: absence of menstruation, tender breasts at palpation, fatigue, nausea and frequent urination).

As the ectopic pregnancy progresses, there may be other symptoms such as:

Medical Consult

Pregnant women should be aTentive to all the symptoms that may indicate an ectopic pregnancy, especially if they have experienced one or more of the risk factors.

In case of vaginal bleeding or severe abdominal pain (even in the absence of a positive pregnancy test), it is important to call the doctor immediately. While waiting for the doctor, the woman should rest as much as possible; avoiding strenuous physical activity until the symptoms will be asseSed by a specialist.

If intra-abdominal pain is less intense and does not wither away, this will also require medical aTention. Another method of approach is to wait for symptoms and watch carefully to detect if something happens. Because life-threatening ectopic pregnancy can seriously harm a pregnant woman; waiting for the consequences at home is not safe, so in case you experience ectopic pregnancy symptoms, you should call your doctor immediately.

The following medical staF can evaluate for an ectopic pregnancy:

Medical Investigations

Most ectopic pregnancies can be detected through a pelvic ultrasound and blood tests. If a woman shows signs of an ectopic pregnancy, she needs to make the following analysis:

Pelvic ultrasound (abdominal or transvaginal) uses ultrasound to produce an image of organs and structures in the lower abdomen. A transvaginal ultrasound shows the location of pregnancies with more accuracy. A normal pregnancy is visible 6 weeks after the last menstrual period. Ectopic pregnancy is suggested by the absence of an embryo or fetus at the ultrasound, along with decreasing levels of HCG. Sometimes, you may need exploratory surgery - laparoscopy - to see an ectopic pregnancy.

An ectopic pregnancy, older than 5 weeks can be diagnosed and treated with laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is not commonly used to determine early ectopic pregnancy, because ultrasound and blood tests provide enough accuracy.