Ectopic Pregnancy

Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Utte on 08 Sep 2012, 09:57

Hi Pauline, your doctor will likely perform a pelvic exam to check the size and shape of your uterus. He or she may also order a urine test and a blood test to check your levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). hCG is a hormone that is produced by the placenta.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Gift1 on 08 Sep 2012, 10:02

Hello Utte you are right. And if you have an ectopic pregnancy, you may have a low hCG level. Your doctor may also want to perform a sono-gram. A sono-gram uses sound waves to make pictures of organs in the body. This will allow your doctor to see where the ectopic pregnancy is.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Utte on 08 Sep 2012, 10:07

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can be caused by an infection in the vagina. The bacteria can move up through the cervix (the entrance to the womb) into the womb and spread to the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Pauline on 08 Sep 2012, 10:09

What actually are the causes of pelvic inflammatory disease?
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Utte on 08 Sep 2012, 10:12

Pauline, PID is often caused by more than one type of bacterium and it can sometimes be difficult for doctors to pinpoint which are responsible. Therefore, a combination of antibiotics may be prescribed so that a variety of bacteria can be treated.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby benita_) on 08 Sep 2012, 10:16

Pauline like Utte wrote, be aware also that, many different types of bacteria can cause PID. However, the most frequent causes are two common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – chlamydia and gonorrhoea. The bacteria that cause chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis) are responsible for 50-65% of cases of PID. The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) are responsible for about 14% of cases. About 8% of women with PID are infected with both chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Gift1 on 08 Sep 2012, 10:19

We should know that sometimes, the infection that leads to PID may start as a result of bacteria introduced into the vagina or upper genital tract during childbirth, an abortion or miscarriage, or a procedure to take a sample of tissue from the inside of the womb (endometrial biopsy).
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby benita_) on 08 Sep 2012, 10:24

Gift1 in rare cases, PID can develop as a result of appendicitis, treatment following an abnormal cervical smear test or after the fitting of an intrauterine device (IUD). In some cases, the cause of the infection that leads to PID is unknown also.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Gift1 on 08 Sep 2012, 10:28

Benita, such cases may be the result of normally harmless bacteria found in the vagina. These bacteria can sometimes get past the cervix and into the reproductive organs. Although harmless to the vagina, these types of bacteria can cause infection in other parts of the body. Infection in this way is most likely to happen when there has been damage to the cervix, or if you have had PID before.
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Re: Ectopic Pregnancy

Postby Vicky on 08 Sep 2012, 10:33

One can ask that, who is most at risk? I will like to say here that, any woman can get pelvic inflammatory disease, but you are more likely to get it if you: have more than one sexual partner, have a history of sexually transmitted infections, are under 25, started having sex at a young age, have a new partner.
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