Birth Defects Testing - Topic Overview
Birth defects tests are done during pregnancy to look for possible problems with an unborn baby (fetus). Birth defects develop when something is wrong with the genetic material (genes or chromosomes), an organ, or body chemistry. A birth defect may have only a mild impact on a child's life, or it can have a major effect on quality of life or life span. Birth defects include:Genetic disorders such
Birth Defects Testing - Second-Trimester Tests
Screening tests Triple or quadruple (quad) blood tests. These tests check the amounts of three or four substances in a pregnant woman's blood. The triple screen checks the levels of alpha-fetoprotein protein (AFP),beta human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-hCG),and a type of estrogen (estriol,or uE3). The quad screen checks those three substances,plus the level of the hormone inhibin A. ...
Ectopic Pregnancy - Cause
Learn about fallopian tube damage, a common cause of ectopic pregnancy.
Ectopic Pregnancy - When To Call a Doctor
If you are pregnant, be alert to the symptoms that may indicate an ectopic pregnancy, especially if you are at risk.
Ectopic Pregnancy - Topic Overview
Ectopic pregnancy - In about 2% of pregnancies, the fertilized egg attaches to an area outside of the uterus, which results in an ectopic pregnancy (also known as a tubal pregnancy).
Ectopic Pregnancy - Home Treatment
If you are at risk for having an ectopic pregnancy and you think you may be pregnant, use a home pregnancy test. If it is positive, be sure to have a confirmation test done by a health professional, especially if you are concerned about developing an ecto
Ectopic Pregnancy - Symptoms
An early ectopic pregnancy often feels like a normal pregnancy. A woman with an ectopic pregnancy may experience common signs of early pregnancy.
Ectopic Pregnancy - Exams and Tests
Most ectopic pregnancies can be detected using a pelvic exam, ultrasound, and blood tests.
Ectopic Pregnancy - What Happens
Normally, at the beginning of a pregnancy, the fertilized egg travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it implants and grows. In an ectopic pregnancy, however, the fertilized egg attaches to an area outside of the uterus.
Ectopic Pregnancy - Prevention
You cannot prevent ectopic pregnancy, but you can prevent life-threatening complications with early diagnosis and treatment. If you have one or more risk factors for ectopic pregnancy, you and your health professional can closely monitor your first week