ectopic pregnancies are watched closely to see whether
the embryo will become reabsorbed by the body. (This is also called expectant
If an ectopic pregnancy ends on its own, a woman
will not need medicine or surgical treatment. But an ectopic pregnancy that
does not end on its own can cause heavy bleeding that could be deadly. This is
why you have frequent checkups during expectant management.
a good candidate for expectant management, you must:
Have no symptoms, such as abdominal pain or
Understand that there is a remote risk of
fallopian tube rupture and excessive bleeding
Increasing abdominal (belly) pain or pelvic pain, tubal rupture, and high
serum hCG levels are reasons to stop expectant management and consider other
treatment options. In these cases, medicine or surgery or both are needed.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
May 6, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 06, 2011
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