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Risk Factors For An Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a dangerous condition that warrants immediate medical attention. It occurs when a fertilized egg mistakenly implants itself in one of the fallopian tubes or elsewhere outside of the womb. When a fertilized egg attaches there, however, the egg will not develop into a fetus, and it's not possible to save the pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies don't always cause symptoms, but when they do, they include severe abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, brown watery discharge, and discomfort when urinating or defecating. These symptoms will typically present between one and three months of pregnancy. The longer the pregnancy progresses, the more dangerous it is for the mother.

It is, unfortunately, not always clear why a woman experiences an ectopic pregnancy. Sometimes it happens when there is a problem with the fallopian tubes, such as one of them being too narrow or blocked. However, other risk factors can increase a woman's risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Learn about these now.

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History Of Endometriosis

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A significant factor that increases a woman's risk of experiencing an ectopic pregnancy is a condition known as endometriosis. This is a condition in which endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the womb, is found outside of the womb. Instead, it can grow around the ovaries and in the fallopian tubes. Endometriosis is a long-term condition that can significantly impact a woman's health and fertility. The severity of symptoms will vary from person to person, but typically involve significant pain in the lower abdominal area and back, as well as menstrual cycle abnormalities.

Keep reading to discover another uncomfortable medical condition that can increase a woman's risk of experiencing an ectopic pregnancy now.

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