Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy facts

  • An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy located outside the inner lining of the uterus.
  • The Fallopian tubes are the most common locations for an ectopic pregnancy.
  • The characteristic three symptoms of ectopic pregnancy are
  • However, only about 50% of women have all three of these symptoms.
  • Risk factors for ectopic pregnancy include previous ectopic pregnancies and conditions (surgery, infection) that disrupt the normal anatomy of the Fallopian tubes.
  • The major health risk of an ectopic pregnancy is rupture, leading to internal bleeding.
  • Ectopic pregnancy occurs in 1%-2% of all pregnancies.
  • Diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is usually established by blood hormone tests and pelvic ultrasound.
  • Treatment options for ectopic pregnancy include both surgery and medication. Continue Reading

Bleeding During the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Causes of bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy

Examples of causes of bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy are

  • ectopic pregnancy,
  • cervical polyps, or
  • pelvic or urinary tract infection (UTI).
Reviewed on 9/28/2015
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