Friday, July 30, 2010

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Ectopic means "Out of Place!"

In a normal pregnancy, the fertilized ovum descends into the fallopian tube and eventually into the uterus where it implants and begins development. Unfortunately, on occasion the body doesn't do it's job quite right and in a very small percentage of cases the fertilized egg develops in the tube. In some exceptionally rare cases the egg can implant in the abdominal or pelvic area outside the womb.

Women who experience early signs of sharp or dull pain in the abdomen, vaginal bleeding, weakness, dizziness, neck or shoulder pain, or headaches should consult their doctor. Failure to identify an ectopic pregnancy can result in excessive hemorrhage or death of the mother.

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