Difference between uterine and ectopic pregnancy

Pregnancy is the happiest period in the life of any woman. Nine months are given to her to prepare for a new life, for the appearance of a new person in the family and for his social adaptation. The first sign of pregnancy is a delay in menstruation, but this does not mean that the pregnancy has definitely come and that it is proceeding as expected. At the very beginning of pregnancy, the symptoms of an ectopic and uterine pregnancy are no different. At first, a woman's mammary glands swell, signs such as fatigue, nausea, drowsiness, and delayed menstruation appear. It is possible to suspect an ectopic pregnancy by menstruation, which during this period becomes unusually scarce. In this case, a pregnancy test or hCG analysis is prescribed, and if the result is positive, the woman should immediately consult a gynecologist.


Uterine pregnancy - This is the physiological state of the body, which is due to the conception of a new life and preparation for bearing a fetus. The gestation period lasts 9 months, or 280 days. In the normal course of pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches to the walls of the uterus and continues to develop there during the entire period of pregnancy.

If the ovum does not descend into the uterus, but is attached to the walls of the fallopian tube or ovaries, then an ectopic pregnancy is formed - a condition that threatens the health and life of the patient. If a woman is not provided with help at this time, she may die from bleeding and painful shock. An ectopic pregnancy is often due to problems with the ovaries, adhesions and obstruction of the fallopian tubes.


Uterine pregnancy differs from the ectopic localization of the ovum: normally it should develop in the uterus. Only this organ is adapted to carrying a child. In some cases, the mechanism of childbearing fails, and a fertilized egg instead of the uterus is implanted in the wall of the ovary, abdominal cavity, cervix or fallopian tubes. The fetus cannot develop in another organ, because only the uterus has the ability to stretch quite strongly, while the average weight of the child reaches 3-3.5 kilograms. The tissues of other organs are not at all adapted to such loads, and therefore they are torn, causing a woman to have severe pain and extensive bleeding, which can threaten her health and even life.

Conclusions TheDifference.ru

  1. In uterine pregnancy, a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine cavity and continues to develop there. In an ectopic pregnancy, the egg is attached to the walls of the uterus or to the ovaries.
  2. Uterine pregnancy is the norm, ectopic pregnancy is a pathology.
  3. Uterine pregnancy ends with childbirth, ectopic pregnancy - with prompt removal of the ovum or tissue rupture.