What is Ectopic Pregnancy?
Once an egg is fertilized in a normal pregnancy, it travels through your fallopian tube to your uterus, where it implants. If the egg stays in the tube and starts growing there instead of your uterus, you have a tubal (or ectopic) pregnancy. When the pregnancy begins to grow, a placenta forms and hormonal changes start to take place. You will probably miss your period and begin to have other signs of a normal pregnancy, such as a positive pregnancy test, fatigue, and breast tenderness. If the pregnancy grows too big while still in your fallopian tube, the tube may rupture. If this goes unrecognized it can result in internal hemorrhaging and possible death. There are usually no clear signs of an early ectopic pregnancy.
Sometimes you might have light bleeding within two weeks after your missed period. You may have a positive pregnancy test with no real change in your uterus. Before the tube ruptures, you may have cramps, a constant dull pain or sharp stabbing pains in your abdomen. In order to properly diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, you need a medical exam, which will include your medical history. The practitioner will ask you questions about this and other pregnancies, infections, sexually transmitted infections, etc. A pelvic exam will be done to check your uterus and your tubes. Serial blood tests will measure the level of pregnancy hormones in your blood.
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For patients with ectopic pregnancies (pregnancies developing outside the uterus, in the fallopian tubes or on the ovaries), we offer a range of services depending on the patient’s health and the length of their pregnancy. Early ectopic pregnancies can be treated non-surgically by injecting a medication that prevents further growth of the pregnancy. After the injection, the tissue will gradually be reabsorbed by your body. Later ectopic pregnancies can be managed surgically through a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure.
A sonogram will be used to visualize the uterus and fallopian tubes. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, you may need to have the pregnancy removed surgically which takes place in a hospital. Parkmed NYC’s physicians maintain privileges at NYU Langone Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. If it is detected early enough, the doctor may be able to remove the pregnancy through a laparoscope, a thin rod used to operate on internal organs without large incision. There is no way to prevent ectopic pregnancy. If you have had gonorrhea, chlamydia, PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) or if you use an IUD, an ectopic pregnancy is more likely. Early detection and treatment of these conditions will help lower your risk.
At Parkmed NYC, individual abortion counseling is available to all patients and offered by trained and sensitive professionals who have been chosen because of their effectiveness in dealing with the abortion needs of individuals of all ages with special attention given to teenagers. Post-operative abortion counseling and abortion follow-up care are also provided on-site.
Parkmed NYC is a clean and modern clinical space for ambulatory surgery located in the heart of Manhattan and New York City. We are committed to a program of constant re-evaluation, redesign, and rebuilding in order to offer our patients the most advanced medical technologies and procedures. Our facility includes emergency-equipped operating suites and comfortable recovery rooms. The Parkmed NYC on-site laboratory accurately tests for determination of pregnancy, CBC, and urine tests. We also test for the presence of sexually transmitted infections. Parkmed NYC offers patients the most advanced approved procedures, including abortions up to 24 weeks, non-surgical abortions (abortion pill), early abortions, tubal ligations, Essure, colposcopy and LEEP.
Parkmed NYC also has a 24-hour emergency hotline which gives patients immediate access to our medical team. Patients requiring inpatient abortion services are treated by our team of physicians at New York’s finest hospitals.
The Parkmed NYC on-site laboratory accurately tests for determination of pregnancy, CBC, and urine tests. We also test for the presence of sexually transmitted infections. Parkmed NYC offers patients the most advanced approved procedures, including abortions up to 24 weeks, non-surgical abortions (abortion pill), early abortions, tubal ligations, Essure, colposcopy and LEEP.
The entire staff at Parkmed NYC are highly skilled professionals working as a team, focused on the patient’s well-being. The team’s leader is our full-time board-certified Medical Director. He is supported in this role by our full-time board-certified Director of Anesthesia, helped by our supporting staff of board-certified gynecologists, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing assistants, and counselors.
Parkmed NYC surgeons are highly qualified physicians who have met the high standard of our demanding credentialing process. Our nursing staff is of the highest caliber as well, comprised of knowledgeable and experienced reproductive and abortion care clinicians who reflect the diversity of the patient population we serve.
Many of our physicians and support staff are fluent in several languages and offer patients an opportunity to receive care from individuals who understand their cultures as well as their languages. Female providers are available.