A tubal pregnancy can be one of the most painful and devastating things that a woman can experience. While a woman with an early tubal pregnancy will assume that all is well, the excitement associated with the pregnancy will be short lived. A lot of women will test positive with a pregnancy test and just assume that all is well, until an early ultrasound or when there is just extreme abdominal pain and the doctor does an ultrasound to diagnose the cause of the pain.
A tubal, or ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized ovum implants on any tissue other than the endrometrial lining of the uterus. The ovum continues to develop as it would anywhere else, until itís so big that it causes pain. Itís thought by doctors that a good deal of miscarriages occur when there is a tubal pregnancy and the body naturally rejects the implantation of the ovum. Unfortunately, not all tubal pregnancies are ended in such a manner, and a doctor must intervene to relieve the pain as well as end the pregnancy.
Luckily, a tubal pregnancy isnít something that most women will experience to their knowledge. When a tubal pregnancy does occur the ovum will attach in the fallopian tubes, itíll be an abdominal implantation, or even on the cervix. None of these places allow the baby to grow adequately, and there is no way to move the baby to the appropriate place inside of the uterus. Luckily, treating a tubal pregnancy has gotten much easier, less invasive, and less painful over the years. While doctors used to have to do surgery that cut into the tube and could impair fertility, now laparoscopy or laparotomy can be done do remove the ill placed ovum. In rare instances, a woman will still have to undergo surgery, although those instances are rare.
There really isnít much a woman can do to avoid a tubal pregnancy, things either happen in the correct manner or they do not. There are a few things that may put a woman at an increased risk of a tubal pregnancy such as pelvic inflammatory disease, which may cause scarring in the fallopian tubes leading to an ectopic pregnancy. A previous tubal pregnancy may also put a woman at an increased risk, as well as having tubal surgery or in-vitro fertilization. There is no way to predict a tubal pregnancy, so if you have unexplained pain or believe you may have reason to worry, itís best to bring these issues to the attention of your doctor as soon as possible.
A tubal pregnancy really is an unfortunate experience for anyone. Luckily, one tubal pregnancy no longer has to impair fertilization, and after one you are likely to have a healthy pregnancy when you are ready to try again.
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