How To Diagnose An Ectopic Pregnancy

When a woman conceives, it is considered the highlight of her life. The idea of bringing forth new life is exciting, ecstatic, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. While being pregnant is a wonderful experience, it sometimes also comes with a lot of challenges. As soon as a woman becomes pregnant, her body goes through a lot of changes.

Most women will note most of the changes and could tell if something is wrong. An ectopic pregnancy is a rare occurrence, but it happens to some women. Women who are over the age of 35 are considered to be at a higher risk. If a woman has had surgery whether in the uterus or fallopian tube she could be at risk of developing an ectopic pregnancy.

When an egg is released from the ovary and it is fertilized, it moves from the fallopian tube and attaches itself on the lining of the uterus. When that happens, the pregnancy is regarded as normal.  When the egg does not move from the fallopian tube and attaches itself on the lining it is considered an ectopic pregnancy.

You should note that there is no way to save an ectopic pregnancy. It is a life threatening condition and the more it stays without being removed the more dangerous it becomes to the woman. An ectopic pregnancy is usually caused by damage to the fallopian tube, thus making the egg movement impossible.

The first sign of an ectopic pregnancy is abdominal pain coupled with bleeding. You may notice some pain in your pelvic area. The pain could be mild at the beginning but can get severe after a few days. The pain is usually characterized as sharp and piercing. You may start to feel faint and dizzy all the time. You should not ignore this signs but consult a doctor immediately.

Diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy is done with a pelvic exam. The doctor will look for some pain, tenderness, or mass in the pelvic area. He will perform some blood tests to measure the level of HCG in your system. The level of HCG determines if your pregnancy is progressing normally.

Low levels of HCG indicate a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. It has to be measured regularly to see if it increases. If it does not increase, other tests are done to determine if the pregnancy is ectopic. The doctor will recommend an ultra sound to help in the diagnosis of the pregnancy. During this exam, the doctor can be able to see if the uterus is holding the egg or whether it is the fallopian tube. If it is located in the fallopian tube, a small mass would be visible.

The only treatment for ectopic pregnancy is removal of the egg. It requires minor surgery to do this. If the fallopian tube has ruptured during the ectopic pregnancy, it will require the doctor to remove it. The earlier the ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed, the better it is for the woman. She will be able to get it treated sooner and go back to trying to get pregnant again. An ignored ectopic pregnancy can lead to fatal consequences such as loss of the life of the woman.