What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

The word ectopic means “not in the right place.” And that’s what an ectopic pregnancy is; it’s a pregnancy that is not in the right place. 

After conception, a pregnancy travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus to implant. Sometimes a pregnancy will implant in the fallopian tube or another nearby organ. This creates an ectopic pregnancy and requires medical attention as soon as possible. 

Is An Ectopic Pregnancy Dangerous?

Yes. The uterus can stretch and expand safely, while other parts of a woman’s reproductive tract can not. If left alone, an ectopic pregnancy can cause the fallopian tube to rupture, resulting in severe, life-threatening internal bleeding.

How To Know If You Have An Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies can cause certain physical signs, such as vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain. However, most women don’t experience any symptoms. 

Ultrasound is the only sure way to know if you have an ectopic pregnancy. Checking for an ectopic pregnancy is one of the reasons why healthcare providers schedule pregnant women for an ultrasound around the 8-10 week mark of their pregnancy. 

Do Abortion Bans Impact Ectopic Pregnancies?

In a world post-Roe vs. Wade, some media outlets have falsely claimed that if a woman lives in a state where abortion is banned, she is not permitted to have an ectopic pregnancy removed. 

The good news is this is not true. In all 50 states, including Georgia, women will receive proper prenatal care, which includes the prompt removal of an ectopic pregnancy. No questions asked. 

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