Ectopic Pregnancies

What Causes Ectopic Pregnancies?

Ectopic pregnancies can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  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.  For example, 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:
normal age at birth of first child
severe fatigue after slight exertion
history of adult allergies
significant red blood in stools
unusual vaginal bleeding
occasional painful urge to defecate
painful deep penetration during sex
slight abdominal distension
omnivorous diet
mild abdominal discomfort
slight abdominal fullness
... and so on

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.

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 previously been pregnant 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 Endometriosis.
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