What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is a medical condition where a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus, most commonly in a fallopian tube. This is why it’s often called a tubal pregnancy. The fallopian tubes aren’t designed to hold a growing embryo, so this type of pregnancy cannot proceed normally and is potentially dangerous for the mother.
It’s essential for preserving the health and future fertility of the woman affected. Treatment options usually include medication like methotrexate, which stops the growth of the pregnancy, or surgical interventions if necessary, especially in advanced cases or in emergencies like a ruptured fallopian tube.