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A regular pregnancy begins in a woman’s fallopian tube. If a fertilized egg gets stuck in the tube, it may try to grow there, so the tube will swell and may break open. This type of pregnancy is called a tubal or ectopic pregnancy.

It is considered a medical emergency if the tube ruptures, and must be treated as such earlier, when diagnosed. Since it is a serious condition, every woman should know how to recognize symptoms of tubal ectopic pregnancy.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

If a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, it is called a tubal ectopic pregnancy. One in 50 pregnancies end this way and here is how it happens. After conception, the fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube on its way to a woman’s uterus. If the tube is damaged or blocked, and fails to propel the egg toward the womb, a problem starts. In this case, the egg may become implanted in the tube and continue to develop there.
Because almost all ectopic pregnancies occur in one of the fallopian tubes, they are often called tubal pregnancies. Much less often, an egg implants in an ovary, in the cervix, directly in the abdomen, or even in a c-section scar. In these cases, a woman has a normal pregnancy in her uterus and an ectopic pregnancy at the same time. This is called a heterotopic pregnancy, and it is more likely to happen if a woman has had fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization.
There is always a question whether or not is it possible to transplant an ectopic pregnancy, which literally means “out of place”, into your uterus. Unfortunately, ending the pregnancy is the only option. In fact, if an ectopic pregnancy is not recognized and treated, the embryo will grow until the fallopian tube ruptures. In this case it results in severe abdominal pain and bleeding. It can cause permanent damage to the tube or loss of the tube, and if it involves very heavy internal bleeding that, if not treated promptly, can even lead to the woman’s death.

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