An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fetus begins to form outside of the womb. It’s a pregnancy that happens anywhere except inside the uterus where it’s supposed to happen. An ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening for the mother and cannot support the full-term growth of the baby.
Commonly, a fertilized egg travels to the womb, or uterus, through the fallopian tube. Sometimes, the egg becomes blocked for some reason and cannot continue along the path. Left untreated, the tissue that begins to grow from the egg can cause damage to surrounding organs, leaving you infertile. Any signs or symptoms may mean a severe illness or condition, and severe blood loss can lead to death. Early intervention is vital to prevent further damage. They should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.