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Ectopic Pregnancy Solicitors Information
The strict definition of an ectopic pregnancy is any time the fetus is implanted outside of the uterus. This means that a foetus that implants on bowel wall or on omentum or abdominal wall is technically an ectopic pregnancy but these are very rare complications. Practically speaking, the vast majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tubes. It happens when the egg and sperm unite in the fallopian tube and the resultant zygote or embryo attaches to the inside of the fallopian tube and begins to grow. There is no room for much growth in the fallopian tube so that eventually, the woman experiences pain on the side of the body where the fallopian tube has the embryo and, if not treated promptly, it can result in rupture of the tube and severe complications.
It is impossible to save an ectopic pregnancy. It cannot attach and grow to the size necessary to sustain the pregnancy to term. Usually an ectopic pregnancy lasts only a few weeks before bursting the fallopian tube. Fast treatment is necessary to save the tube and sometimes, the life of the mother.
In many cases, an ectopic pregnancy is caused by damage to the fallopian tubes. This can happen as a result of pelvic infections that scar the tube and prevent normal passage of the fertilized egg down the length of the tube. The fertilized egg gets stuck in the tube and the embryo implants within the tube. Other risk factors for having an ectopic pregnancy include having a smoking history, Chlamydia infections, gonorrhoea infections, endometriosis or being exposed to DES before birth. The last risk factor is becoming less and less important as DES was banned in the early 1970s. Certain medical procedures will increase your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy, including having surgery on the fallopian tube or anywhere in the pelvis. Fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization can contribute to the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
When you have an ectopic pregnancy, the first sign is a missed period and a positive pregnancy test. You can feel symptoms of pregnancy, such as fatigue, nausea and painful breasts. Within a few weeks, there is often pelvic or abdominal pain that may be sharp and located on one side of the body. It can spread to involve abdominal pain throughout the abdomen, especially if blood is leaking into the abdominal or pelvic space. There can be vaginal bleeding from the irritation of the fallopian tubes and the rupture of the tube. If you have these latter symptoms, you need to see the doctor right away as it is sometimes possible to save the fallopian tube for later pregnancies.
In order for the doctor to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy test should be done. This can be a urine or blood test for HCG, the pregnancy hormone. A pelvic exam will show a relatively normal sized uterus and tenderness (and possibly a mass) on either side of the uterus. This is the ectopic pregnancy, which can reach the size of a tennis ball. A pregnancy test of the blood that determines the actual level of the pregnancy hormone can be done and repeated in two days. The amount of pregnancy hormone in a normal pregnancy doubles every two days. If the level is two low or doesn't double, it could mean an ectopic pregnancy. An ultrasound can show the absence of a pregnancy in the uterus and may be able to show the mass of the ectopic pregnancy.
The treatment of an ectopic pregnancy can involve the use of medications or surgery. In an early ectopic pregnancy, a doctor can provide injections of methotrexate. This is a chemotherapy drug that can end the pregnancy, causing it to break loose and be passed through the uterus and cervix. If the pregnancy has passed beyond a couple of weeks and the fallopian tube is likely lost, doctors can do a laparoscopic surgery in which the pregnancy products and the damaged portion of the fallopian tube are removed. If you need emergency surgery, it may not be able to be laparoscopic.
After an ectopic pregnancy, you can be depressed and have symptoms of depression. You can get a surgical infection in rare cases and you may have diminished fertility if the tube needed to be removed. Having an ectopic pregnancy, however, does mean that you can still get pregnant; it just diminishes your fertility by half if the fallopian tube is lost. If the fallopian tube was saved, you could be at a greater risk of having another ectopic pregnancy.
If you believe that you had a less than satisfactory outcome due to medical negligence just call our ectopic pregnancy solicitors for free, without obligation advice. We offer no win no fee* and legal aid to resolve your compensation claim.