You do everything you can to take care of yourself and your baby when you’re pregnant. You eat right, get exercise, and rest, but when you experience a problem during a pregnancy, the best course of action is to visit an ER to get the quality treatment you need to make sure you and your baby are safe. Our compassionate team of experienced medical practitioners at iCare ER & Urgent Care is prepared to provide you with private exam rooms, a highly qualified nursing staff, and a 24/7 ER in Frisco or South Fort Worth, TX.
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg is implanted outside of the uterus. Usually, this occurs in the fallopian tubes and caused by an infection or an inflammation of the fallopian tubes. Symptoms can often mimic those of a regular pregnancy but can differ with pain in the lower stomach or in one side of the stomach, shoulder pain, abnormal bleeding, bladder or bowel problems, lower back pain, increased pulse, or falling blood pressure.
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks after conception. Often, the cause is unknown, but a miscarriage usually occurs when the egg does not develop normally in the uterus. Common symptoms include bleeding from the vagina combined with pain, tissue expelled from the vagina, and pain in the stomach, lower back, or pelvic area.
Seeking Medical Care
If you recognize the symptoms listed above, it is necessary that you get to iCare as soon as possible. We treat ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages in our ER to get the proper treatment for your condition. For both ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, if you experience a loss of consciousness, severe vaginal bleeding, sudden abdominal or pelvic pain, or feel dizzy, lightheaded, or faint, it is imperative that you get to one of our iCare ER & Urgent Care facilities immediately.
Ectopic pregnancies should be treated at once, using either medicine or surgery, in order to avoid any rupturing or severe blood loss. Miscarriages should be monitored as they occur, or checked out immediately afterward since any tissue that does not pass can cause an infection, scarring within the uterus, and may affect later pregnancies or even cause future infertility.
What to Expect
In our 24/7 ER in both Frisco and South Fort Worth, our qualified physicians will begin your visit with a medical history interview and a physical exam to determine the severity of your symptoms. Afterward, further tests may be conducted to determine your condition. A pelvic exam will be performed. If you are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, a pelvic exam can detect tenderness in either the uterus or fallopian tubes, measure the enlargement of the uterus, or check for a mass in the pelvic area. A pelvic exam can also provide information on whether the cervix is opening or if there is any blood or tissue in the vagina, helping our doctors determine if you are experiencing a miscarriage.
Pelvic ultrasounds may be used to show where a pregnancy is located or to assess whether the amniotic sac is still intact, establish whether there is a fetal heartbeat, and estimate the age of a fetus. Finally, blood tests may be performed to check for pregnancy hormones in the case of both ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages. There are no treatments to prevent either condition once it has started, and our board-certified practitioners will work to ensure your comfort and safety during the process. Medicine and/or surgery may be required to help clear out tissue (dilation and curettage).