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Subsequent Ectopic Pregnancies
Posted in Miscarriage by Lee Trask on Nov 29, 2012
An ectopic pregnancy, also called eccysis, occurs when a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus. Typically it will embed in the fallopian tubes. Around 1% of pregnancies are ectopic. And none are capable of coming to a full term pregnancy.

For the first time, there has been long term exhaustive study regarding women who have had an ectopic pregnancy, and subsequently, get pregnant again. And the news that comes from that study is interesting. Not good, not necessarily bad. Just interesting.

Most of the time, in an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg will die on its own. Without a source of nourishment (the placenta provides nourishment until the placenta develops,) the egg will not be able to survive. The tissue will be passed in what appears to be a normal or heavy period. Many times an ectopic pregnancy won’t even be noticed. If the pregnancy continues long enough to be detected by a pregnancy test, then your doctor might suggest a drug called Methotrexate, which forces the pregnancy tissue to be absorbed into the body. In severe cases, surgery is necessary to remove the tissue.

There is no indication that an ectopic pregnancy hinders the possibilities to get pregnant again. According to doctors, “We have found no controlled study assessing long-term reproductive prognosis in women whose first pregnancy is ectopic.” That’s the good news.

However, a study published in Human Reproduction states that if you have had an ectopic pregnancy, you are five times more likely to have another. But, there is some good news out of this study as well. The study goes on to say that women who have had an ectopic pregnancy, who then subsequently get pregnant with a uterine pregnancy are: “no more likely than first time mothers to suffer complications in ongoing pregnancy.”

- Lee


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