In the natural order of progression, one of the ovaries releases an egg into the corresponding Fallopian tube. This egg in turn travels down into the uterus after fertilization. This fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus where it has enough space to grow to its full capacity.
Sometimes, however, the fertilized egg fails to travel to the uterus and instead attaches itself to the wall of the Fallopian tube. This is known as a Fallopian tube pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy.
Fallopian Tube Pregnancy
The Risks Of A Fallopian Tube Pregnancy
The fertilized egg needs a lot of room to grow into a full-term baby. This essential space is unavailable within the Fallopian tube. As the embryo begins to grow, it pushes against the Fallopian tube, thus causing it to expand along with it, until the tube can expand no longer and finally ruptures.
The pregnancy does not progress very far because the embryo dies when the tube ruptures. This is the first risk of a Fallopian tube pregnancy. The rupture of the Fallopian tube leads to severe internal bleeding. If this bleeding is not detected and treated on time, the woman can go into a state of shock and even die.
The symptoms Of A Fallopian Tube Pregnancy
Some of the symptoms of a Fallopian tube pregnancy are the same as those of an early pregnancy. The woman may experience nausea, vomiting and dizziness that are all associated with a normal pregnancy as well.
However, the following symptoms are associated with a Fallopian tube pregnancy and should not be ignored.
- Lower Abdominal Pain And Cramping
- Shoulder Pain
- Severe dizziness And fainting
- Spotting Or Bleeding
- Pain On One Side Of The Body
Treating A Fallopian Tube Pregnancy
Once a Fallopian pregnancy is suspected and further tests confirm an ectopic pregnancy, the doctor will treat it depending on how far the pregnancy has progressed. A Fallopian tube pregnancy cannot survive for long and can lead to death. For this reason, as soon as a Fallopian tube pregnancy is detected an immediate course of action is necessary.
If the tube has already ruptured, an emergency surgery is performed to stop the internal bleeding. Removal of the damaged parts of the ruptured tube may be necessary. If the tube is still intact and the pregnancy is in a very early stage a laparoscopic procedure is done to remove the fertilized egg. This is a very simple procedure. If the pregnancy is in a very early stage, a medication is prescribed to retard the progression of the pregnancy.
Pregnancy After A Fallopian Tube Pregnancy
Pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy or a Fallopian tube pregnancy is possible. The only criteria is that there should be one healthy and fully functional Fallopian tube present in the body. If the Fallopian tube pregnancy was caused by an underlying disease that can be treated ( sexually transmitted diseases), pregnancy is possible once the underlying disease is treated completely.
If you have suffered from a Fallopian tube pregnancy, talk to your doctor about how long you have to wait before trying to get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy. It is not just the physical aspect but also a lot of emotional pain and recovery from this pain that has to be dealt with before trying to become pregnant again.