An etopic pregnancy is something that every woman dreads, and never ends well. In short, an etopic pregnancy is one of the most painful and devastating things a woman will ever go through. A lot of women who have an etopic or tubal pregnancy don’t know that anything is abnormal so they begin to plan for a child. There is excitement and joy that surrounds any newly expectant mother, and then an early ultrasound or abdominal pain shatters what the pregnant woman has been imagining in her mind.
An etopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized ovum implants on any tissue other than the endometrial lining of the uterus. The ovum then continues to develop, as it would have if it had implanted in the endometrial lining until it’s so big that it causes pain for the mother. And, it usually doesn’t take much growth until either the mother or the doctor realizes that something is not quite right. Many doctors believe that a good deal of miscarriages are due to early etopic pregnancies that the body naturally rejects because of its sense that the pregnancy will not be a viable one. Unfortunately, not all etopic pregnancies are dealt with in a natural manner, and a doctor must become involved to relieve the pain as well as end the pregnancy. Luckily, an etopic pregnancy is not something that most women will ever knowingly experience.
When an etopic pregnancy occurs the ovum will usually attach in the fallopian tubes, in the abdomen, or on the cervix. None of these places will be able to nurture a baby to allow it to develop normally, and there is currently no method available that will move the ovum to the uterus where it could develop safely. Treating an etopic pregnancy has become much easier in recent years, requiring less invasive techniques such as surgery, making the process less painful physically and emotionally. Luckily with advances in medicine, laparoscopy or laparotomy can be done to remove the misplaced ovum. In very rare instances the pregnant mother will have to undergo surgery, but these cases become more and more uncommon all the time.
Unfortunately there really is not a way to prevent an etopic pregnancy, and until you feel the pain or it’s detected with an ultrasound, there may be no symptoms. There are a couple things that may put you at an increased risk of experiencing such a pregnancy and these are pelvic inflammatory disease, a previous tubal ligation, or a history of tubal pregnancies that have left you scarred.
Thankfully, one etopic pregnancy doesn’t mean that you can’t go on to have healthy pregnancy and children in the future. While the experience is most definitely a traumatic one, take some comfort in knowing that it doesn’t have to be the last pregnancy you ever experience.