Dangers Of An Ectopic Pregnancy  

An ectopic pregnancy is extremely dangerous for the woman. When the fetus is growing in some other part of the abdomen instead of the uterus, it puts pressure on the organ. As a result the organ can rupture, as it cannot expand to accommodate the growing fetus. This results in internal bleeding. The loss of blood and the rupturing of the organ can be fatal for the woman. Other dangers of an ectopic pregnancy include inability to conceive in the future and damage to the neighboring organs.


When the fetus is growing on some other organ, it exerts pressure on the adjacent organs. This can not only damage these organs, it can also damage the blood vessels supplying blood to these organs. As a result, the damaged blood vessels begin to leak blood into the abdominal cavity, causing internal bleeding.

In an ectopic pregnancy, the fetus attaches itself to an organ other than the uterus. This organ can be the fallopian tubes, kidneys, liver, colon, intestine or the cervix. Once the attachment takes place, the placenta begins to burrow into the organ, so that the growing fetus gets adequate blood supply. However, when such a pregnancy is terminated, the doctor also has to remove the burrowed part of the placenta. Removing this part of the placenta is medically risky and invariably the entire organ has to be removed. If the placenta is burrowed in a difficult place, then the danger of damaging the organ or bleeding is there.

Ectopic pregnancy can also result in permanent infertility. This is especially true if the fallopian tubes are damaged or they rupture due to the growing embryo. However, it has been seen that nearly 1/3rd of women diagnosed with ectopic pregnancies go on to have a normal pregnancy later on. But in some women recurrent ectopic pregnancies can take place, leaving the woman unable to conceive.

If a pregnant woman experience pain in the lower part of the abdomen or notices usual bleeding from the vagina, she should immediately consult her obstetrician. The doctor will conduct a blood test and physical examination to diagnose ectopic pregnancy and take appropriate steps to terminate the pregnancy. Termination can be done with the help of medication or surgery, depending on how advanced the pregnancy is.

While in the US mortality rate due to ectopic pregnancies has reduced, it is still one of leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths. Hence, the dangers of an ectopic pregnancy should never be ignored or undermined.

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