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An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus, most often in the fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy can burst and lead to internal bleeding that can be life-threatening. Experienced obstetrician and gynecologist Robert Berg, MD, at Arcadia Ob/Gyn, with New York City offices in Midtown Manhattan, New York, can provide the care you need if you suspect an ectopic pregnancy. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Ectopic Pregnancy Q & A
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is a serious gynecological condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus. Nearly 90% of all ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube. As the egg grows, it may cause the tube to burst and lead to serious, life-threatening internal bleeding.
Any women can develop an ectopic pregnancy; however, your risk increases if you are over the age of 35 or have:
- A history of an ectopic pregnancy
- A history of abdominal surgery
- A sexually transmitted disease
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- A history of infertility
- A history of smoking
You may also be at risk of ectopic pregnancy after undergoing in vitro fertilization.
If you’re sexually active, it’s important to pay attention to changes in your body, as well as be aware of the symptoms that may indicate an ectopic pregnancy, so you can get the most appropriate care as soon as possible.
What are the signs of an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy can cause the same symptoms you would experience during a normal pregnancy, including missed period, tender breasts, or stomach upset. Other symptoms may include:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Low back pain
- Sudden, severe pain
- Shoulder pain
- Dizziness or weakness
If you’re experiencing any abnormal pain or bleeding, you should contact Arcadia Ob/Gyn right away for an evaluation.
How is an ectopic pregnancy diagnosed?
Dr. Berg may be able to determine if you’re suffering from an ectopic pregnancy during a pelvic exam at Arcadia Ob/Gyn. To confirm his suspicions, he may then conduct an ultrasound.
What are the treatments for an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy cannot be relocated to the uterus and is treated with medication or surgery. If your fallopian tube hasn’t been affected, Dr. Berg may prescribe a medication called methotrexate, which stops cell growth. Over time, your body absorbs the cells.
Dr. Berg can also surgically remove the cells from your fallopian tube. Sometimes, the fallopian tube needs removal as well. Surgery is the only course of action if your ectopic pregnancy has caused your fallopian tube to burst, which is considered an emergency procedure.
An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous to your health. If you have concerns, contact Arcadia Ob/Gyn today or book an appointment online.