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Ectopic Pregnancy

What Causes An Ectopic Pregnancy?

Doctors are not sure the precise factors that cause ectopic pregnancy and the prevention of the egg from going to the uterus to get prepared for the implantation.

What Happens In An Ectopic Pregnancy?

In a normal pregnancy, a fertilized egg travels through a fallopian tube to the uterus. The egg attaches in the uterus and begins to grow.  

However, in an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches someplace other than the uterus. The most often place it attaches is in the fallopian tube.

In some cases, the following conditions have been linked with an ectopic pregnancy:

  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Birth defect
  • Hormonal factors
  • Inflammation and scarring of the fallopian tubes from a previous medical condition, infection, or surgery

Risk Factors For Ectopic Pregnancy

The following are the risk factors that cause ectopic pregnancy:

  • Fertility issue
  • Structural concerns
  • Inflammation or infection
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Contraceptive choice
  • Being over 35 years of age
  • Having endometriosis
  • Multiple sex partners
  • History of hysterectomy
  • History of pelvic surgery
  • Any congenital defect

Symptoms of An Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Sharp abdominal cramps
  • Pain on one side of your body
  • Pain in your shoulder, rectum, or neck
  • Pain and bleeding if fallopian tube rupture
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Light vaginal bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

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