ectopic pregnancies are watched closely to see whether
the embryo will become reabsorbed by the body. (This is also called expectant
If an ectopic pregnancy ends on its own, a woman
will not need medicine or surgical treatment. But an ectopic pregnancy that
does not end on its own can cause heavy bleeding that could be deadly. This is
why you have frequent checkups during expectant management.
a good candidate for expectant management, you must:
Increasing abdominal (belly) pain or pelvic pain, tubal rupture that causes internal bleeding, and high
serum hCG levels are reasons to stop expectant management and consider other
treatment options. In these cases, medicine or surgery or both are needed. Symptoms such as shoulder pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting could be signs of internal bleeding with tubal rupture.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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