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Ectopic Pregnancy – Risks That Can Endanger Your Life

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Previous history of an ectopic pregnancy, pelvic infections caused by STD's, taking medication to stimulate ovulation or in-vitro fertilization treatments, pregnancy when using an intrauterine device (IUD) or after tubal ligation, previous surgery involving your fallopian tubes or structural concerns and smoking shortly before pregnancy can cause ectopic pregnancy.

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus. Most often, ectopic pregnancy happens within the first few weeks of pregnancy. Up to an estimated 20 in every 1,000 pregnancies are ectopic.

Risk Factors of Ectopic Pregnancy:

Previous Ectopic Pregnancy – The greatest risk factor for this type of a pregnancy is a previous history of such pregnancy. If you’ve had one ectopic pregnancy, you’re more likely to have another.

Infection in the Pelvis (pelvic inflammatory disease) – Pelvic infections are another risk factor for ectopic pregnancy, and are usually caused by sexually-transmitted organisms, such as Chlamydia or N. gonorrhoeae. However, non-sexually transmitted bacteria can also cause pelvic infection and increase the risk of such a pregnancy.

Fertility Treatments – Taking medication to stimulate ovulation (the release of an egg) can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy by around four-fold. The type of fertility treatment such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) may not always be successful and can accidentally result in an ectopic pregnancy.

Contraceptive Choice – Pregnancy when using an intrauterine device (IUD) is rare. If pregnancy occurs, however, it’s more likely to be ectopic, similarly for pregnancy after tubal ligation (a permanent method of birth control).

Smoking – Cigarette smoking just before you get pregnant can increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. And the more you smoke, the greater the risk.

Previous Surgery and Structural Concerns – A surgery involving your fallopian tubes, increases the risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Even surgery to reconstruct the fallopian tube can increase the risk. An ectopic pregnancy is also more probable if you have an unusually shaped fallopian tube.

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Renee' Young
Renee' Young 5pts

It was seeing your only sister rushed into emergency surgery barely able to function. It was very scary. This happened about a year ago, the good thing is I still have my Big Sister and her husband and she are doing fine

Lucy Magdalene
Lucy Magdalene 5pts

Yes Dear I Did Have A Baby Boy Here In 2008 With One Right Fellapion Tube!A Miracle That Healed All My Pain!So Thankful To God For This Blessing!

Irene Irene
Irene Irene 5pts

Thanks Ayurveda ...was so ready to have another baby ...but unfortunately this happened to me :'(

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Sorry to hear about that Lucy Magdalene :( We hope you have recovered both physically and mentally from the trauma!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

:( Sounds scary Renee' Young

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

:( We can understand, life can be tricky Irene Irene

Lucy Magdalene
Lucy Magdalene 5pts

Went through a valley of death in 2003!Lost My Two month Embriyo & Left Fellapion tube!

Irene Irene
Irene Irene 5pts

Experienced this in my life ...emergency surgery !! Scary :(

Penny Fratto
Penny Fratto 5pts

I had one that almost killed me.it's scary stuff.

Renee' Young
Renee' Young 5pts

My sister experienced this and I was right there with her. She could have died if she didn't call 911 after collapsing on the floor from lose of blood after the baby became to big in her left tube.