What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?


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Can you bleed for two or three weeks and still be pregnant? I went to the doctor for a physical and they told me I was pregnant and I told them no I wasn't because my period was on but they did an ultrasound and didn't see anything so I was wondering what could this be since I done been bleeding for 2 weeks?
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An ectopic pregnancy is when an embryo implants itself outside the womb, usually within one of the Fallopian tubes. (These acts as the carrier between the ovary and the womb).
Sometimes, albeit very rarely, the embryo may plant itself in the abdominal cavity.
Around 1 in every 200 pregnancies is ectopic and is considered a serious condition which requires urgent medical attention. The embryo is removed since neither it nor the mother would live to birth. There is also a risk that the tissue surrounding the embryo may rupture or even burst, in which case the mother's health would be adversely affected.
There are several reasons for ectopic pregnancies, sometimes it is because there is an abnormality within the Fallopian tube, the tube may be damaged as a result of surgery or an infection within the pelvis etc. However, it is possible to conceive again and go on to have a healthy child.

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