What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

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A pregnancy which grows outside the womb is known as ectopic pregnancy. It usually settles in the fallopian tube or in the ovaries. This is a life-threatening situation for both mother and baby because it can burst the space where it is growing. Therefore, the doctors always advise the woman to get treated as soon as possible either through surgery or medicines. However, Abortion Pills do not affect a pregnancy growing outside the womb.

Therefore, it is suggested to buy abortion pills only when you have confirmed an intrauterine pregnancy which is up to 10 weeks’ gestation.

You can make sure this by having an ultrasound or a pelvic examination. If you are planning to use MTP Kit (Mifepristone and Misoprostol), do not start the procedure without confirming it with a medical test. There can be a rare chance that you may have an unnoticed ectopic pregnancy.

Effects of Abortion Pills on Ectopic Pregnancy

The fetus termination pill does not cause any effect on a pregnancy which is outside the womb; the drug neither causes it nor treats it. If a woman, who has an ectopic pregnancy, there are no additional complications associated with medical abortion.

Medical abortion wholly works with pregnancy hormones inside the uterus and cause intrauterine contractions to end the pregnancy. Therefore, they are ineffective in terminating pregnancies outside the womb.

Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy

Following are the symptoms that one will go through if she has an ectopic pregnancy.

  • If you feel a sudden pain in a particular section of your stomach or lower back/ back and only on one side.
  • If you are feeling dizziness or fainting.
  • If you are facing continuous pain in your different body parts like shoulders.
  • Nausea and breast soreness.
  • Rectal pressure.
  • Having light to high vaginal spotting.

Causes of an Ectopic Pregnancy

An ovarian (ectopic) pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg sticks somewhere else instead of attaching itself on the uterine surface. Usually, in these kinds of cases, the egg sticks in the fallopian tube.
The main reason for egg sticking somewhere else is not clear. But, following conditions are linked with an ectopic pregnancy.

  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Birth defects
  • Hormonal factors
  • Previous fallopian tube infection or surgery.
  • Medical conditions that have affected the shape and condition of the fallopian tube and reproductive organs

Diagnosing an Ectopic Pregnancy

If you suspect having an abnormal pregnancy, reach your doctor immediately. Ectopic pregnancy cannot be diagnosed from a physical exam; therefore, the doctor performs a transvaginal ultrasound.

Your doctor may also conduct a few blood tests to check your levels of hCG and progesterone. These tests will conclude your pregnancy state. In case of an ectopic pregnancy, the doctor may perform an emergency surgery to provide immediate treatment.