Am I at risk of having an ectopic pregnancy?

You are more at risk if you have had an ectopic pregnancy in the past, or have had previous tubal infection (salpingitis) or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Also if you got pregnant with a coil in, or whilst taking the mini-pill (progestagen only pill) or progestagen (depot) injection then you are at higher risk of the pregnancy being situated outside the womb. An ectopic pregnancy can grow for up to 8-10 weeks in the tube before it outgrows its blood supply, dies and then may rupture the tube causing haemorrhage (blood loss). This can be life-threatening and needs prompt surgery to the fallopian tube.

The moment of conception
Normally, only one sperm can break through the outer membrane of the egg; once the sperm enters the egg, the sperm loses its tail.

After six days, the cluster of cells develops a hollow cavity. Called a blastocyst, it attaches itself to the wall of the womb. Some cells grow into the womb''''s lining and the fetal life-support system (the placenta) begins to form.

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