Monday, 14 April 2014
This means that the fertilized egg has burrowed into the lining of the fallopian tube rather than reaching and implanting into the lining of the uterus.
Ectopic pregnancy can be described as a complication in pregnancy where the embryo implants itself outside the uterus.
When the egg of a woman meets the sperm of a man, it is supposed to move into the uterus and attach itself to its lining and continue growing there for the next nine months. In the ectopic pregnancy, this does not happen. The fertilized egg remains in the fallopian tube or attaches itself to one of the ovaries or to an organ in the abdomen. An ectopic pregnancy is a medical risk that could lead to death if not properly treated.
In ectopic pregnancies, as the embryo grows, its placenta eats into the muscular wall of the tube which eventually bursts. When this happens, the woman complains of severe abdominal pains followed by bleeding through the vagina. Though ectopic pregnancies are not very common, an expectant mother who experiences abdominal pain and slight bleeding should see her doctor immediately as she may have an ectopic pregnancy.
This condition is treated through surgery, which is by removing the damaged fallopian tube. A woman who has had an ectopic pregnancy can still become pregnant because she has two tubes but she should seek antenatal care early because she is more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy than other women.