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Facts About An Ectopic Pregnancy
Jan 2019
Dr Rita Bakshi
Senior Gynaecologist And Founder, International Fertility Centre

Ectopic pregnancy is a condition wherein the fertilised egg fails to reach the uterus and in most cases, settles and stops in the fallopian tube, cervix or in the abdominal cavity. During such occurrences, the pregnancy test reports may disclose that a woman is expecting, but the formation of a zygote can never take place anywhere else, except in a uterus.

Apart from the uterus, no other areas where the egg is placed has the capability nor the tissues that can foster or support in raising a foetus. Even if the foetus does form to some extent, it will ultimately fracture the organ which will be followed by heavy bleeding and cramping. This heavy bleeding can be dangerous for the prospective mother as it creates several complications in the pregnancy. In addition, a case of ectopic pregnancy does not result in the birth of the baby.

There can be several causes of ectopic pregnancy such as unstable hormones, genetic irregularities, any kind of medical condition that hauls the reproductive organs like endometriosis; past injury or surgery of the fallopian tubes can also lead to inflammation and blockages. Furthermore, birth defects can also aggravate the situation.