In an ectopic pregnancy, the egg develops outside the uterus, usually in one of the two tubes. A medical intervention is then necessary to avoid the rupture of this one and a possible haemorrhage.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
- After fertilization, the egg travels normally in the trunk to settle in the uterus. In case of ectopic pregnancy (UG), this path is disturbed, the egg is fixed outside the uterus, usually in one of the two tubes. This is known as ectopic pregnancy or tubal pregnancy.
- Every year, about 1 to 2% of women are affected by this pathology.
How to detect an ectopic pregnancy?
- A delay of rules associated with severe abdominal pain on one side and bleeding more or less important and dark are often the signs of an ectopic pregnancy. You may also have vertigo.
- If you feel these symptoms the first weeks of your pregnancy, make an appointment with your gynecologist. It will guide the diagnosis with a blood test and an ultrasound that will confirm the diagnosis: in the presence of a GEU, the images will show an empty uterus and smaller than it should be at this stage. A mass at the level of a fallopian tube can also be visible.
- A coeliscopia (under anesthesia, after a small incision in the umbilicus, a tube with a lighting system and a mini-video camera) will confirm the diagnosis.
A USG without knowing it?
- It is possible to have an ectopic pregnancy and that it stops itself without the woman realizing it. She will then have simple bleeding and may think of a miscarriage. If this happens to you, make an appointment with your doctor to inform him.