An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.
Fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the womb. When an egg attach itself in the tube, it won’t be able to grow into a full baby. Unfortunately, the fetus cannot be saved as it cannot survive in the tube. Medicine or an operation will be used to remove the fetus.
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy don’t always cause symptoms and might only be detected during an ultrasound.
If you do have symptoms, they tend to develop between the 4th and 12th week of pregnancy.
Symptoms can vary from:
When to get medical advice
Contact your doctor or visit your nearest clinic if you have some of the symptoms and you are pregnant.
Your Docter will ask your symptoms and do a pregnancy test to establish whether you might have an Ectopic pregnancy.
You might be referred to a clinic for further assessment, where an ultrasound and blood tests will confirm whether it is indeed Ectopic.
When to get emergency help
If you’re experiencing a combination of:
These symptoms might indicate that your Fallopian tube has ruptured. This is very serious and surgery to repair the Fallopian tube will be necessary.
How an ectopic pregnancy is treated
Help and support after an ectopic pregnancy
Losing a pregnancy can be heart broken, and many women feel grief as if they had lost a family member. It’s not strange for such emotions. Make sure you take time to grieve.
Get in touch with a Fertility support group for assistance.