Ectopic Pregnancies

What Causes Ectopic Pregnancies?

Ectopic pregnancies can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose ectopic pregnancies, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "ectopic pregnancies" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Endometriosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
moderate left iliac pain
bleeding between periods
acute abdominal pain
frequent unexplained vomiting
history of adult allergies
moderate right iliac pain
moderate abdominal pain
unusual vaginal bleeding
vomiting for 1-3 months
normal age at birth of first child
chronic non-cyclical breast pain
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of ectopic pregnancies:
Cause Probability Status
Ectopic Pregnancy 95% Confirm
Endometriosis 60% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having been pregnant but not now or being pregnant again, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had any ectopic pregnancies?
Possible responses:
→ No / Don't know
→ It has been suggested but not confirmed
→ One for sure
→ Two for sure
→ More than two
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no history of ectopic pregnancy, possible ectopic pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Ectopic Pregnancy

The chances of developing an ectopic pregnancy are significantly increased in women who have already had one.

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