Eptopic pregnancy, or tubal pregnancy as they are sometimes referred to, is when the embryo attaches to the womans fallopian tube, cervix, or even the abdomen and begins to develop. This growth outside the uterus can quickly become life threatening not only for the baby, but the mother, accounting for nine percent of deaths during pregnancy.
Over 95 percent of these pregnancies happen in one of the fallopian tubes which can cause it to burst, leading to deadly internal hemorrhaging. Therefore, if treatment is not sought immediately, death for the mother can occur.
Eptopic pregnancy is a common medical occurrence with approximately 1 out of every 200 pregnancies being affected. Although there are several issues, the leading culprit is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID, which causes between 30 to 50 percent of these abnormal pregnancies.
There are important signs to look for once conception has occurred, especially if there is a history of PID, fibroids or cysts in the reproductive system, fallopian tube surgery, endometriosis, or the use of progestin-only oral contraceptives. Some early signs may include a low abdominal or pelvic pain isolated on one side of the body.
There may also be pain in the neck and shoulder from internal bleeding. A late or missed menstruation cycle is a common sign of pregnancy but it is also a sign of Eptopic pregnancy. Women may have symptoms well before she has missed her period or notices she has missed it.
If a woman knows she is pregnant or has pregnancy symptoms and starts to experience bleeding and passing of tissues from the vagina, this could be a sign of an Eptopic pregnancy. Besides the pain that is common in about 90 percent of the women with this type of pregnancy, vaginal bleeding is the next most common warning sign. If possible, she should try to collect any tissues that have passed for further testing by a physician.
Later and most life threating symptoms occur once the embryo has grown large enough to cause a rupture that leads to severe internal bleeding. Women may have sharp persistent pain in the shoulder area due to the hemorrhaged blood aggravating the diaphragm.
Also, once the blood loss has reached critical levels, there will be extreme weakness and dizziness leading to the possibility of fainting. It is imperative to get emergency assistance right away and not wait until these later signs as death could be eminent with internal bleeding.