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Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment

Can An Ectopic Pregnancy Be Saved?

An ectopic pregnancy is not able to survive.  The pregnancy cannot continue as a normal one due to inadequate blood and nutrient supply for the developing of the fetus. 

The only way to preserved fertility and save the mother’s life is removing the extrauterine fetus. Before taking any treatment, your doctor will be monitoring the condition.

Management By Monitoring

If diagnosed during the early stages an ectopic pregnancy might not require any medical treatment.  In the early stages, you might have a natural miscarriage.

 The doctor will perform regular blood tests to check the hCG hormone levels.  If the hormone levels are monitored properly majority of ectopic pregnancies, do not need any treatment. 

Methotrexate For Ectopic Pregnancy

If they're any types of complications, your doctor may opt for using methotrexate. The medication methotrexate helps to stop the embryo cells from multiplying. 

The doctor will start monitoring by giving you a regular blood test to make sure the medication is working properly.  The blood test should reveal a steady decrease in the pregnancy hormone levels. 

Who Can Get Methotrexate?

  • You do not have a lot of pain
  • The size of the fetus is about 3.5 cm in diameter
  • hCG levels are lower than 1500 IU/liter
  • No internal bleeding
  • No complication such as kidney

Common side effects of management with methotrexate

  • Skin rashes
  • Sunburn
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Moderate hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Surgery For Treating An Ectopic Pregnancy

When an ectopic pregnancy is identified in the later stages of the pregnancy surgery may be the only treatment. The most common method use to treat the ectopic pregnancy are laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. The procedure for the ectopic pregnancy removed through small holes in the lower abdomen.

Follow Up Care And Recovery After A Surgery

The majority of women recover from keyhole surgery anywhere from two weeks to six weeks it varies for different pregnancies.

The doctor may allow you to go home from the hospital a few days after the surgery.  It can take up to 6 to 10 months to get your regular periods.

Getting Pregnant After An Ectopic Pregnancy

Having an ectopic pregnancy may affect your future fertility. It also increases your risk of having another ectopic pregnancy.  The percentage of getting pregnant again after an ectopic pregnancy is around 60-65%.  

Make sure to get to consult your doctor about the right time to get pregnant again. The majority of doctors will tell you to wait for 3-6 months to get the medication completely out of your system. 

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