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Ectopic pregnancy

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know if there is an alternate way to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy other than ultrasound? I want to minimize ultrasounds.
post #2 of 12

Yes, surgery!  Please do not mess around with an ectopic.  The faster you have it diagnosed the faster you can be treated which may mean you can have it taken care of without surgery.  If you have an ectopic you can die.  If your tube ruptures you can bleed to death.  If it does rupture they will remove it and it will have an impact on future fertility.  If you get it diagnosed before rupture they can give you a medication that will end the pregnancy and you will not loose your tube or need surgery. 

 

I just went through this nightmare in July!  If you expect ectopic get an ultrasound YESTERDAY!

post #3 of 12

What makes you think it's ectopic? Just curious?  I don't know much about it, but would be curious to know if there are signs or symptoms that might clue you in to such a thing?

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I actually am fairly certain that I do not have an ectopic pregnancy. Today I went to see a doctor for the first time and she scheduled bloodwork and an ultrasound. Research I have done indicated that ultrasounds can be risky and I'd rather not. When I asked why the ultrasound she said to rule out ectopic pregnancy even though I show no symptoms. Seems like a routine thing? I was wondering if anyone knows of another way to diagnose ectopic pregnancy that is not with an ultrasound like a doctor should be able to palpate to determine such a variation in the structure. But seems like no one on this site has any idea what I'm asking about.....
Kinda bummed cuz I really don't want the ultrasound.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are sharp and persistent cramping, spotting and bleeding.
post #6 of 12

I agree that sounds not needed! I think a lot of practices like to do an early scan, but I thought it was mostly for dating. I would think there is no reason to look for an ectopic without some risk factors? 

post #7 of 12

oh, i thought you were having symptoms.  i wouldn't get the ultrasound if that's the only reason she's recommending it and you would rather avoid them.

post #8 of 12

I commented on your other post, but because I'm a July DDCer too I'll just repeat that the blood test alone should be enough to indicate the need for an ultrasound.  In the absence of other risk factors I would just firmly turn down routine care that you don't deem necessary.  If you doctor resists, you might want to look around for a new doctor, though I know you're options are probably limited where you are.

post #9 of 12

I'm sorry, I just assumed you were having symptoms as well. 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
I did the blood work, and everything came out fine. I actually plan to do my pregnancy and birth without any medical intervention. This doctor told me there was no other way to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, but then had no problem interpreting the data from the bloodwork. She either lied or is stupid. Confirmation after confirmation of the ineptness of doctors to support a natural birth.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Witch womb-one View Post

I did the blood work, and everything came out fine. I actually plan to do my pregnancy and birth without any medical intervention. This doctor told me there was no other way to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, but then had no problem interpreting the data from the bloodwork. She either lied or is stupid. Confirmation after confirmation of the ineptness of doctors to support a natural birth.

 

May I ask what you consider medical interventions to be? do you plan on birthing with this doctor?

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
I consider medical intervention to be anything and everything a medical allopathic doctor suggests or requires. No I do not plan on seeing the doctor mentioned again. I leave this town in a week or so and continue traveling through Mexico. I return to the states in March and plan on connecting with a trusted midwife there to support me during birth.
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