Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

Methotrexate. This drug, which is often used in cancer therapy or for certain skin problems, will make the pregnancy stop growing and the body will expel it naturally. If the ectopic is caught early, this is a much safer option than surgery, since no incisions have to be made to the delicate fallopian tubes. You will receive the methotrexate by a single injection. You cannot get pregnant for three months following this injection, however, and must use contraception. High levels of folic acid can keep methotrexate from working properly. Make sure your doctor is aware of your prenatal vitamin and any additional vitamins you may be taking.44 

Surgery. Often this is done in emergency circumstances when a pregnancy that seems to have been progressing suddenly causes terrible pain as it grows too large for the tube. Most of the time the fallopian tube can be saved, although scar tissue may develop. Even if the tube is removed, your fertility should still be preserved with your second tube. The rate of repeat ectopic if your tube is preserved in 12%. If your tube was taken, the repeat rate is 9%.45

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