Blocked tubes can cause ectopic pregnancy

The word ectopic means outside. So an ectopic pregnancy is outside the uterus and usually, but not always, inside the fallopian tube. Very rarely, ectopic pregnancies can implant in the abdomen or in the ovary itself, although approximately 95 percent implant in the fallopian tubes.

The damage that endometriosis does to the fimbriae and the tubes in general greatly increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Damage to the fimbriae or tubes can cause the following potentially dangerous scenarios:

i The disease can inhibit egg pick-up so the egg never gets into the tube.

If the egg doesn't get into the tube, it can't get to the uterus. If sperm manage to reach the egg, the fertilized egg can implant in the abdominal cavity or even in the ovary. These cases are very rare, but they do happen.

i Adhesions around the tube can cause kinking. This kinking may cause partial obstruction somewhere in the tube so that the fertilized egg gets stuck in the tube. Note: The sperm are a thousand times smaller than an egg so they can get through these narrowed areas.

If you have a blocked tube, you may end up with an ectopic pregnancy in any of the locations shown in Figure 7-1.

Your uterus is the only part of your body that's capable of carrying a pregnancy. No other area has the supporting structures to allow the fetus to draw nutrients from you without doing you harm. When a pregnancy implants somewhere other than the uterus, it almost invariably results in a rupture of the structure and hemorrhage, which can be fatal. Ectopic pregnancies always require medical or surgical removal.

Figure 7-1:

Endometriosis can cause ectopic pregnancies in these possible sites.

Tubal (Isthmic

Tubal (Ampullar)

Ova rian (Narrow part of fallopian tube)

Large intestine

Abdominal

) JLsf\)/ (Mesentery of intestine) (Mesentery of intestine)

Tubal (Isthmic

Tubal (Ampullar)

Large intestine

Figure 7-1:

Endometriosis can cause ectopic pregnancies in these possible sites.

Endometriosis Cause Ectopic Pregnancy

Ova rian (Narrow part of fallopian tube)

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    Can kinked tube cause ectopic pregnancy?
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