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:
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy

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:
severe right iliac pain
painful deep penetration during sex
unexplained missed periods
significant hypogastric pain
moderate left iliac pain
recent onset abdominal pain
partial vegetarian diet
regular episodes of diarrhea
fatigue after slight exertion
chronic non-cyclical breast pain
significant abdominal distension
regular unexplained vomiting
... 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 94% Confirm
Endometriosis 61% 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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