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What exactly is a tubal pregnancy?

I was never really educated on the details. How does it happen? Does a baby actually start forming in your tubes? What do the doctors do if you have a tubal pregnancy? How would you know if you do or not? Sorry, all the questions tonight about this topic got me to thinking, I really know nothing about it. What puts you at risk for having one?

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Asked by tiffers32788 at 10:59 PM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Pregnancy

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    Answer by Southerncharmes at 11:07 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • A tubal pregnancy occurs when an egg is ovulated and tumbles down a filopian tube and becomes fertilized by a sperm but fails to reach the uterus to implant. It instead implants in the tube and begins to grow. Between 8-10 weeks gestation, the fetus becomes large enough to cause pain as well as for the tube to rupture.

    Tubal pregnancies are not considered viable. There are chemotheraputic drugs that are known to be prescribed to cause miscarriage in case of a tubal pregnancy.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 11:11 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • okay, a tubal pregnancy started as a fertilized egg that implanted on the inside of your fallopian tube. and it can keep growing as it would if it had implanted in your uterus. The pain can get so bad you feel like something is going to explode. The only thing a doctor can do for you is to terminate unfortunately. the pregnancy is not viable at all. there are really no risks of having on unless you have had one already. it is just one of mother natures flukes.

    Answer by 2wndrfl_btrflys at 11:12 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Nothing causes it, its just a freak of nature if you will. What happens is the egg does not leave the tube after ovulation, or is in the tube right after ovulation and the egg is fertilized; hence tubal pregnancy. If caught soon enough its easily taken care of. Worst case senario: you(perse) have a high tolerance to pain and know nothing until the tube burst from the growth of the baby. If you missed your period and about 2 weeks later notice pain on one side of your pelvic area and the pain runs into inner thigh go to ed immediately!!!

    Answer by ladyd6280 at 11:14 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • There are some things that increase the risk. Anything that can damage your tubes, like endometriosis or certain STDs, makes you more likely to have a tubal pregnancy.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 11:35 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • If you have had a tubal pregnancy before you are more at risk for it to reoccur. Some fertility treatments have an increased risk of tubal pregnancy as well. Like a previous poster mentioned it really is a freak thing. The egg is fertilized inside the falopian tube and simply can not survive attatched to the falopian tube as there is not enough tissue to feed on and not even close to enough room to grow to become term. The options the mother of a tubal pregnancy faces are bleak. Have the embryo removed or risk serious complications possibly including bleeding out and dying. It's serious and a very sad thing that happens. My sister in law has had one tubal pregnancy and one misscarriage. She is currently 31 with an adopted 3 year old from Korea. She is still trying to concieve but is rather jaded and terrified because of miserable experiences wth pregnancy. I wouldn't wish a tubal pregnancy on my worst enemy

    Answer by humaniterian87 at 12:13 AM on Apr. 29, 2009

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