Ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo attaches outside the uterus. This kind of pregnancy cannot proceed normally, and can cause serious complications if left untreated for too long. There is not much you can do to avoid having an ectopic pregnancy, but there are a few ways to reduce your risk factors. Getting the right medical treatment for ectopic pregnancy can reduce your risk of complications.
Below are 5 ways to avoid ectopic pregnancy:
Smoking may increase your risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Quit smoking before you try to conceive in order to reduce your risk. The more you smoke, the higher your risk of having an ectopic pregnancy will be, so if you can’t quit, even reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke may be beneficial
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea or chlamydia may increase a woman’s chances of having an ectopic pregnancy. If you reduce your risk of contracting one of these diseases, you may reduce your risk of having an ectopic pregnancy as well.
To limit your risk of getting infected, Limit your number of sexual partners in order to reduce your risk of exposure. Always use a condom during sex to reduce your risk of contracting a disease.
QUICK TREATMENT FOR INFECTIONS
If you do get an STI, it’s important to get treatment right away. The sooner you are treated, the less likely you are to develop inflammation that may damage your reproductive system and increase your risk of developing ectopic pregnancies. Common symptoms of STIs include abdominal pain, painful urination, vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal odor, and pain during sex. Some infections are asymptomatic. It’s a good idea to get tested regularly if you are sexually active.
GET TREATMENT FOR SYMPTOMS OF AN ECTOPIC PREGNANCY
It’s important to get medical treatment for an ectopic pregnancy right away. The sooner you get treatment, the lower your risks will be of developing severe complications. Common symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include missing periods, pain in the low back and abdomen (can be on the right or left side), cramping, abnormal vaginal bleeding.
If your ectopic pregnancy ruptures, you may experience symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, shoulder pain, low blood pressure, faintness, and pressure in the rectum. This is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical care. Early symptoms of ectopic pregnancy may be the same as the symptoms of a normal pregnancy. It’s important to see your doctor early to ensure that your pregnancy is developing normally.
REPORT CONTINUOUS ABDOMINAL PAIN