Tubal / Ectopic Pregnancy

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:52 by admin
In an ectopic pregnancy, the fetus develops outside of the uterus. A tubal pregnancy is a type of ectopic pregnancy where the fetus develops in one of the fallopian tubes. A tubal pregnancy occurs when the egg is fertilized by the sperm yet it fails to move out of the fallopian tube and into its proper location, the uterus. Tubal pregnancies must be terminated at once as the mother's health is at serious risk.

Of the 100,000 ectopic pregnancies that occur each year, many result from tubal damage incurred from sexually transmitted infections. Ectopic pregnancies are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the first trimester and account for 9 percent of all pregnancy-related deaths in this country.

Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include, but may not be limited to, abdominal or pelvic pain, nausea, mild cramping on one side of the pelvis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, breast tenderness and back pain.

Unfortunately, because many women continue to menstruate when having an ectopic pregnancy and fail to see a doctor, it is often difficult to diagnose. Consequences of a delay in diagnosis are serious and include infertility and even death.

See Also

  1. Reproductive System: Overview
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