Some women in the world do face lots of problems during their pregnancy. The reasons could be myriads, but it does lead to premature delivery and sometimes even to death. One of the most agonizing difficulties a woman could possibly go through is tubal pregnancy. Though the percentage and ratio of women being afflicted with this problem is low, one should still not ignore the early signs and symptoms that are indications of a major problem. For nonprofessionals, it is difficult to understand what a tubal pregnancy is. But it has found a place for itself in the medical dictionary long time ago. Actually, a tubal pregnancy is a sort of abnormal condition where the fertilized eggs do not find an access to the uterus and starts developing outside it.
The early detection of tubal pregnancy is not possible before you have completed five to seven weeks of your pregnancy. The conditions contributing to this type of a situation are various. It could be due to the inflammation of the pelvic that may have happened due to the STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). If the bacteria belong to the Chlamydia generation, it could seriously lift the chances of tubal pregnancy.
Sometimes we usually tend to postpone our pregnancy for career purposes. And to do this, we resort to contraceptive pills so easily available over the counter in all local pharmacies. Since we are focused more on our career, we tend to ignore or have no idea about its side effects. Little we know that it could lead to tubal pregnancy if we keep on consuming the pills to avoid getting pregnant.
Further, age factor is also responsible for tubal pregnancy. Women who are 35 years of age or above have the risks of suffering from tubal pregnancy. Tubal endometriosis is another situation responsible for tubal pregnancy where the presence of the endometrium is somewhere else than the uterus.
What leads to tubal pregnancy?
Fallopian tubes play a major role in pregnancy. Actually, it works like a courier service that carries that fertilized eggs from the ovary to the uterus. When the eggs enter the womb, they start developing on their own. Sometimes, due to infection the fallopian tubes are not able to function properly and transmit the eggs to the womb. As such, the eggs plant itself on the wall or outside of the uterus leading to tubal pregnancy. As the fetus has not found a proper place, it starts growing outside the womb that puts pressure on the fallopian tubes causing it to rupture. This condition raises severe threats to both the mother and the baby. Losing both the lives is also a possibility if not diagnosed in time.
Symptoms of tubal pregnancy
It is difficult to detect the symptoms of tubal pregnancy at the early stage since most of the symptoms are generally common with normal pregnancy. It is only in between seven to ten weeks of pregnancy that a pregnant woman can differentiate experiencing something abnormal.
The major signs of tubal pregnancy are:
- You will have unbearable pain in pelvic and belly region. It will start with a minor inflammation with pain on one side in your belly and later the pain will cover the entire area.
- You will also experience pain and trouble to empty your bladder that will lead to excess vaginal bleeding. The pain may be due to the drop of progesterone hormone in your body. Sometimes, the internal bleeding will be excess accompanied with cramps and tenderness to one side of the pelvic region.
How is tubal pregnancy diagnosed?
Doctors understand all the possible threats you are open to during pregnancy. Therefore, without asking or saying, they will perform the tests and try to diagnose whether you have any risks of tubal pregnancy or not. For this, they will do a pelvic examination to assess the size of the uterus and check the growth of the fetus. You will need to do a blood test to check the pregnancy hormone level in your body. The pregnancy hormone (hCG) is likely to increase after a couple of days. That is why you will have to take the blood test again after two days. If there is a low count of hCG, it may be the symptoms of tubal pregnancy. Finally, an ultrasound will confirm whether the fetus is growing inside or outside your womb.
Tubal pregnancy is a high risk condition for the mother and baby. Since it damages the fallopian tubes that work as a transporter of the fertilized eggs from the ovary to the uterus, any woman having this problem may not conceive again, and even lose her life during the surgery.