Are you TTC? Worried about having an ectopic pregnancy? Let’s talk about what an ectopic pregnancy is, what symptoms to look for, and how they’re treated.
By fertility expert and OBGYN Dr. Kenosha Gleaton
Ectopic pregnancies are uncommon, impacting just two percent of pregnancies in the US.
However, I suspect the rate is much higher. The true current incidence of ectopic pregnancy is difficult to estimate because many patients are treated in an outpatient setting where events are not tracked, and national surveillance data on ectopic pregnancy have not been updated since 1992.
Ectopic pregnancies can cause major complications for the woman and need to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Let’s break down how an ectopic pregnancy develops, what signs you should look out for, and what treatment and recovery may be like.
What’s an ectopic pregnancy?
When an egg is fertilized, it will typically travel through the fallopian tube and into the uterus, where it implants into the uterine lining. When an ectopic pregnancy occurs, the fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus. This can potentially be very dangerous, as the majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube. This can cause the tube to burst and may cause internal bleeding.