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Ectopic Pregnancy (cont.)

Which specialties of doctors treat ectopic pregnancy?

Obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are the specialists typically involved in the treatment of ectopic pregnancy. If the female is seen in an emergency department, the initial evaluation may be performed by an emergency medicine specialist.

Can ectopic pregnancy be prevented?

Ectopic pregnancy generally is not preventable. However, it is possible to decrease some of the risk factors for developing an ectopic pregnancy:

  • If you are diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease, take the prescribed antibiotic as directed until it is completely resolved, then follow-up with your doctor to be certain you are cured.
  • Avoid gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • If you plan to get pregnant soon and you are using an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception, discuss this with your health-care professional.
  • Surgery of the reproductive system, bowels, or lower abdomen can lead to scarring, which increases your risk of ectopic pregnancy.

What is the prognosis for ectopic pregnancy?

The chance of recovery from ectopic or tubal pregnancy is very good if it is diagnosed and treated early. Having had an ectopic pregnancy increases the likelihood that a subsequent pregnancy also will be ectopic. Talk with your health-care professional (an obstetrician is a medical specialist) about your concerns for future fertility, and your risk of another ectopic pregnancy. Should you become pregnant again, contacting your health care professional early on is very important to obtain the necessary tests to make sure your pregnancy is inside the uterus.

REFERENCE:

Sepilian, V.P., MD. "Ectopic Pregnancy." Medscape. Updated: Jul 05, 2016.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2041923-overview>


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