Miscarriages and Ectopic Pregnancy

Miscarriages are often a very difficult time for a patient both physically and emotionally. At Pacific Women’s Center, we are here to support you and provide the medical care you need to safely navigate this stage in your life.

A miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks of gestation. Most occur during the first trimester. The most common symptom and warning sign of a miscarriage is bleeding during pregnancy. However, bleeding does not always indicate a miscarriage and thus blood work or an ultrasound is recommended to accurately diagnose the viability of the pregnancy.

Sometimes, a miscarriage may occur before a woman knows she is pregnant. In other instances, she may experience bleeding and sometimes pain beforehand. In either case, a doctor visit is still necessary because the underlying cause of the miscarriage may be serious; one of the most dangerous being an ectopic pregnancy.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants and begins to grow outside of the uterus, often in the fallopian tube. This can be extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening for the mother due to the high risk of internal hemorrhaging. A diagnosis is made with the use of ultrasound technology and blood work. Various treatments are available, but early detection is crucial to ensure the health of the mother.

A miscarriage is an issue that should be taken very seriously. At Pacific Women’s Center, you will receive the emotional support, education, treatment and care that you deserve. Give us a call at 541-342-8616 or contact us online to make an appointment.