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My monthly cycles have always been irregular, and my doctor gave me a birth control IUD due to menstrual irregularities.
After my doctor took out the IUD; My husband and I started trying to conceive. But because of my menstrual irregularities every month, we were left disappointed. The irregularities sustained even after the IUD placement, I continued having spotting here and there. I assumed that spotting was due to the imbalances in my cycles, but I noticed that I started to experience cramps, and I got a bit suspicious.
We finally got a Positive Pregnancy Test.
It was a joy to find out that I was pregnant, and we assumed that I’m experiencing the expected implantation bleeding with mild cramps.
But, the spotting increased within a day, and I had to change panty liners every hour. Plus, the cramps became more intense.
My husband downloaded the Your Doctors Online application.
My husband and I were very scared that these symptoms might be due to something harmful and are nothing like the typical pregnancy symptoms. I was in a lot of pain, and it was past midnight, so going to a hospital at this hour did not feel like a good idea.
That is when my husband downloaded the Your Doctors Online application after searching on Google with numerous appreciable reviews.
Within minutes, I spoke to a doctor.
The application connected me with Dr.Shurooq Fatima, who asked me how I was feeling. She asked me the details regarding my menstrual history, birth control methods that I have used. I mentioned my menstrual history and a positive pregnancy test. When I mentioned IUD, she immediately suspected ectopic pregnancy.
Dr.Shurooq dug in extensively about the pain and bleeding that I was undergoing. She asked me If I had passed any clots, blood that soaked through the pads, location and nature of the pain. I informed her that I had been experiencing sharp pain in the lower left abdominal area. The pain kept coming and going and had increased in its intensity.
It was devastating when I found I had Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms.
Dr.Shurooq informed me about possible Ectopic Pregnancy after assessing and reviewing the history,
After years of trying, we were devastated to find that the symptoms I’ve been experiencing could be due to an Ectopic Pregnancy. I knew a tad bit about it and how dangerous it could be. She calmed me down and addressed all my concerns. She asked my husband to take me to an ER for further evaluation as soon as possible.
My Scan confirmed what the online doctor was suspicious of.
After reaching the ER, the nurses ran a scan to check the baby’s position, and the baby was in my left tube. The doctor in the ER informed me that I was right in time, or else they would have done surgery to take out my left tube. It would have made it difficult for me to conceive again.
So instead, the doctors gave me a pill that evacuated the pregnancy products out. They followed up with me weekly to assess my tube’s patency.
Thanks to Your Doctors Online, I have conceived again!
After a few weeks, I spoke with Dr.Shurooq again on a follow-up with her. I was so grateful that she instantly picked the problem and saved me from serious consequences. Within a couple of months, I conceived again, normal and healthy this time.
I would highly recommend this application to people looking for instant online help and solution to their medical problems. They have doctors around the clock to serve people with any medical issues with the benefit of staying at home in your personal space.
Information on Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms added by Your Doctors Online.
What is Ectopic pregnancy?
A normal pregnancy includes the implantation of a zygote within the uterus leading to successive nourishment into an embryo. On the other hand, if ectopic pregnancy occurs, the fertilized ovum gets trapped in the passage. It may get stuck in the fallopian tubes, cervix, or any other part of the female reproductive system except the uterus.
In the United States of America, one in every 50 pregnancies turns out to be ectopic. One may have ectopic pregnancy even when one’s pregnancy test is negative. Let us discuss some of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy:
When do symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy Start?
Women who have ectopic pregnancy usually do not show symptoms until 4th week of pregnancy. Symptoms include:
- Cramps in the abdomen, pelvis, shoulder, neck
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Abdominal pain
How is Ectopic Pregnancy diagnosed?
It is difficult to diagnose ectopic pregnancy by symptoms only. That is why doctors go for a transvaginal ultrasound that confirms ectopic pregnancy. In this test, the doctor inserts a probe into the vagina, giving a clear picture of the inside via an ultrasound machine. This helps the doctor know the exact location of the gestational sac.
The doctor may recommend blood tests to know the levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin( hCG ) and progesterone. Normally, in pregnancy, both hCG and progesterone levels are high. If the hCG level is lower and continues to fall, this is a sign of ectopic pregnancy.
Laparoscopy can further validate an ectopic pregnancy. For this purpose, a laparoscope checks the womb and fallopian tubes. Through this procedure, the doctor finds out if there is an ectopic pregnancy in the passage or not.
Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy.
The ectopic pregnancy is harmful to the mother if not monitored and treated timely. As the ovum does not implant in the uterus, it cannot develop fully into an embryo. Ultimately the doctors have to remove the embryo to save the mother’s life. There are three ways to treat this abnormal pregnancy viz:
The first step to treat ectopic pregnancy is to prevent the growth of the ectopic mass. For this purpose, generally, doctors recommend methotrexate. It may lead to miscarriage of the ectopic mass on which symptoms like cramps, bleeding, etc., appear.
The doctor may opt surgical procedure to remove the ectopic mass via laparotomy. In this procedure, the doctor makes a small incision in the abdominal wall through which a thin tube enters that projects the image of the tubal area of the uterus.
Depending upon the integrity of fallopian tubes, the doctor may or may not remove the tube along with the ectopic mass.
Disadvantage of surgery
Surgery may damage fallopian tubes leading to difficulty in conception and further ectopic pregnancies in the near future. It may lead to infertility as well. For pregnancy, if your tubes are damaged you can try in vitro fertilization.
Post-surgery care is all about taking care of the incisions to avoid any further complications. Keep your incisions neat and clean; regularly check to notice excessive bleeding, rash, or swelling. In either case, contact your doctor.
Take healthy food, avoid weight lifting, avoid sex and take bed rest for at least one week after surgery.
There is no known way to prevent ectopic pregnancy; however, maintaining good hygiene, avoiding too many sex partners, using condoms before intercourse are some precautionary measures that reduce the risk of ectopic pregnancies. In short, maintain good reproductive health to avoid ectopic pregnancy.
For further questions about Ectopic pregnancy, download Your Doctors Online application and consult with board-certified online doctors, 24/7, for free!
Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.
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