An ectopic pregnancy is that which occurs outside of the uterus. In most such cases, the fertilized egg, instead of moving into the uterus, starts developing in the fallopian tubes and therefore an ectopic pregnancy may also be often referred to as a tubal pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy can never develop in a normal manner. The uterus is prepared for a pregnancy and only the tissues in the uterus contain the nutrition that is required by the fetus. If the egg starts growing in the fallopian...
...tube, it may end up rupturing the tube.
Sometimes, in another complication, the pregnancy may occur inside the ovaries itself. In case of an egg developing inside the ovary, the egg may end up rupturing the ovary.
In case the egg ruptures the fallopian tube or the ovary, a rupture in either case can be life threatening. Due to the rupture, there may be severe bleeding that can eventually prove fatal. Though an ectopic pregnancy may occur anywhere in the pelvic area, the two most common areas where it actually occurs are the fallopian tubes or the ovaries.
Official estimates are that 1 out of every 200 pregnancies is ectopic. Once a woman has had an ectopic pregnancy, the chances of having one again increase significantly. Though the causes of having an ectopic pregnancy are not clear, every year its incidence increases. If an ectopic pregnancy occurs, there is scarring within the fallopian tubes and uterus. Some of the potential causes of ectopic pregnancies are viral infections or use of an intra uterine device. A surgery on the fallopian tubes in the past may also increase the chances of an ectopic pregnancy.
Ectopic pregnancy symptoms are often not recognized because of which a woman may either have a spontaneous abortion or further complications. Some of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy that pregnant women should look out for are pain in the abdomen and the pelvis, missed periods, occasional spotting or bleeding which cannot be associated with regular menstruation, feeling of dizziness and all the other signs of early pregnancy. A sure shot ectopic pregnancy symptom is that the bleeding may become severe and the blood pressure falls drastically.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy, you should immediately get yourself checked by a doctor. If the pregnancy goes untreated, it may prove fatal for the pregnant woman. The doctor will conduct a physical examination and subsequently will check hormonal levels to determine whether the pregnancy is proceeding normally or not.