What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy is a serious complication that occurs when the embryo implants outside the uterus. It can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical treatment.

Receiving an ultrasound is recommended to rule out ectopic pregnancy when confirming your pregnancy. At ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, we offer free and confidential ultrasounds to safeguard your health.

The Risks of Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is not healthy and, unfortunately, cannot survive. It’s important to seek immediate medical attention to prevent life-threatening bleeding.

Though ectopic pregnancy can occur in any woman, the chances may increase the likelihood of ectopic pregnancy if:

A woman had a previous ectopic pregnancy

  • There is scar tissue in the fallopian tubes from infection or surgery
  • A woman smokes
  • A woman becomes pregnant while using an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control or after a tubal ligation

An ultrasound is necessary to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy.

Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic treatment will involve medication to stop the embryo’s growth. If that doesn’t work completely, surgery might be needed to remove the embryo. Surgery may also be used if the ectopic pregnancy has caused bleeding. 

Surgery to remove the embryo is usually laparoscopic, which is less invasive than traditional surgery. This type of surgery uses small incisions and cameras to guide the surgeons. Sometimes, the tube in which the pregnancy is located can remain intact, but other times, it may need to be removed.

Begin Pregnancy Confirmation

If you need to confirm your pregnancy today and determine your options, we are here to help. Get a free and confidential pregnancy test and an ultrasound to safeguard your health and get clarity about all your pregnancy options. The more you know, the more confident you will be in your journey.

Schedule your free appointment today. Same-day appointments are available! You are not alone.