Posted by Renee on 17th April 2014

Can You Prevent An Ectopic Pregnancy? Its Causes And Treatment

An ectopic pregnancy is one wherein the embryo is implanted outside of the uterus. It is a complication in pregnancy that often occurs on the fallopian tubes but could actually happen inside the ovaries, on the cervix, or even inside the abdomen. About 98% of ectopic pregnancies are those found in the fallopian tubes.

Almost all, more than 99%, of ectopic pregnancies are not viable. That means that these should be aborted because the abnormal growth will only lead to serious complications like death of both the woman and the child.

How Can You Stop An Ectopic Pregnancy?

  • It really is not possible to prevent an ectopic pregnancy from happening.
    In fact, the exact reason why it happens in an individual patient could remain a mystery.
  • The best thing that can be done is to try to reduce the risks of having an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases cause scarring in the fallopian tubes and other affected areas. These could block or impede the fertilized egg from reaching the uterus so that it becomes implanted along the way.
  • Avoid these ailments by practicing safe sex and avoiding unhygienic practices such as having sex during the menstrual period.

Causes And Risk Factors Of Ectopic Pregnancy

In most cases of ectopic pregnancy, it is not possible to determine what exactly caused it to happen.

  • Still, the most probable reasons are scarring in the fallopian tubes due to certain ailments, especially pelvic inflammatory disorders.
  • There are also times when the fallopian tubes actually have a defect which could be congenital or acquired by the patient due to injuries in the area.
  • Sometimes, even after tubal sterilization, the woman can experience ectopic pregnancy.
  • A hysterosalpingogram is done to test if the fallopian tubes are blocked or have any abnormalities.

Treatment For Ectopic Pregnancy

  • About 50% of ectopic pregnancies will resolve spontaneously. That means that treatment is not necessary to because the pregnancy will be spontaneously aborted.
  • Still, for the rest of the cases, it is necessary to abort the pregnancy to make the woman safe. Remember that almost 100% of ectopic pregnancies are not viable and could be potentially life-threatening to the woman. Even if it is difficult to let go of the baby, it is necessary to preserve the life of the woman.
  • In the past, surgery was the only way to treat ectopic pregnancies. Today, methotrexate treatment is the best option as long as the tubes are still intact.
  • If the tubes had ruptured, then surgery is necessary. Laparoscopic surgery is preferred although a laparotomy is the one often performed.

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