Ectopic pregnancies occur when the fertilised egg nests outside the uterus. It is a situation that is currently taking place in approximately 0.66% of all cases.
However, in the last few decades there has been an increase in the number of ectopic pregnancies as a result of the proliferation of some of the following risk factors:
– Use of Intrauterine Device (IUD)
– Sexually transmitted diseases
– Assisted reproduction: in these cases the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy is up to 5%In the vast majority of cases, the egg is implanted in the fallopian tubes, although it can also be implanted in the patient's cervix, ovaries or even in places in a much more residual fashion. We must bear in mind that one of the characteristics of ectopic pregnancies is that the first symptoms - variable abdominal pain or loss of blood – do not show up until the second month of gestation. In some situations such pregnancies can be tricky to diagnose. It is necessary to carry out an ultrasound and, if it is not decisive, it must be complemented by an Read more