Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

on Sep 22, 2012

by Maureen Stephens

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Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies are those that occur outside the uterus. There are two treatment options for ectopic pregnancies - injection and surgical.

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the womb. When the embryo does not attach to the uterus and attaches somewhere else along the path to the uterus instead, that is known as an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tubes, cervix, ovary, or abdominal cavity. Ectopic pregnancies count for around 2 percent of all pregnancies, and around 80 percent of ectopic pregnancies are discovered in the first few weeks after conception. The risk of ectopic pregnancy is higher in women over 35, and African American women are twice as likely to have an ectopic pregnancy than white women. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Not viable pregnancy

The most important thing to remember about treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is that it will never be able to develop into a normal baby. You can not “transplant” the embryo from the location where it is located and move it into the womb and have it grow and develop normally. It just won’t work. There are basically two different types of treatment options for ectopic pregnancy.

Injection treatment

If the pregnancy has not gotten very far along, you might be able to remove the ectopic pregnancy with an injection of a drug called methotrexate. Methotrexate is used to dissolve the fertilized egg. After it is dissolved, your body simply reabsorbs it. Doctors like to use this treatment option since it does not damage the fallopian tubes.

Surgical treatment

However, if the pregnancy is further along, surgery might be the only option. If your fallopian tube has been damaged or ruptured, the doctor will have to remove the fallopian tube along with the fertilized egg as well. Doctors usually opt to leave the fallopian tube in place in the body and let it heal on its own, but if the woman does not wish to have children in the future, then the doctor will just remove the tube and the fertilized egg too. If the doctor is able to leave the fallopian tube intact, there is about a 40 percent chance that the woman can go on to have another healthy pregnancy. However, if the fallopian tube has to be removed, there is no way the woman can ever have children again.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

  • ashleyRose8978

    I had an ectopic pregnancy two years ago. They had to remove one of my tubes. I do, have a 3 & 1/2 year old and was wanting to have another child. I’m starting my 2nd bottle of fertibella and I was wondering if fertibella helps with my condition or should I go see my obgyn?

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  • allison874

    i have had 4 pregnancys 1 misscarage 1 still birth 2 ectopic pregnancys its been almost to years since the last ectopic pregnancy and we cant consive we really want a baby.. and i also only have one tube what can i do to consive or is it just gonna be hard??

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Fertibella can help increase your chances of conceiving, no doubt. Although, given your history of an ectopic pregnancy and the removal of one tube, it is still best to talk to your doctor about the fertility medications you are taking, for you to have insight on your current condition for pregnancy and the available options appropriate for your personal care.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. Given your history, it would be best for you to discuss and plan your next pregnancy closely with your physician, so that you will be properly guided and overseen in the process to help increase your likelihood for a healthy and successful pregnancy. Achieving another pregnancy may be more challenging than usual, but not impossible, which is why having the right care and medical attention is crucial to avoid any complications and to stop previous problems from repeating.  In the meantime, build up your body’s strength and become as healthy as you can in preparation for a future pregnancy and to help increase your fertility.

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  • Jessie Jenkins

    My tubes are supposed to be clip, tied, and or burn and it’s been 7 years since I last had them done. I want to have another child. I am not able to afford the price of tubal ligation to get then undone. Will the ttc kit help me conceive? and what are my chances of having an ectopic pregnancy?

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