What does intrauterine pregnancy mean? Intrauterine pregnancy is a term used to describe pregnancies that occur within the womb. It’s a relatively new development in reproductive medicine, gaining popularity as more women learn about its benefits. Before you get too excited, look at the different types of intrauterine pregnancies. This will help you decide whether this is the type of pregnancy for you.
What is an Intrauterine Pregnancy?
Intrauterine pregnancies are pregnancies that occur within the uterus or inside the womb. There are three main types of intrauterine pregnancies: ectopic, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus. About 1 in 5 ectopic pregnancies result in successful baby delivery.
Intrauterine insemination is when a man ejaculates into a woman’s vagina and then takes out the sperm, so it can be inserted into her uterus. About half of all IVF procedures result in an intrauterine pregnancy.
In-vitro fertilization is when eggs are retrieved from a woman’s ovaries and put into a man’s testicles. Then the man uses his sperm to create new embryos placed into the woman’s uterus. About 90% of all IVF procedures result in an intrauterine pregnancy.
Types of Intrauterine Pregnancies
What does intrauterine pregnancy mean? There are several intrauterine pregnancies, each with risks and benefits.
Here’s a look at the main types:
- Unintended Pregnancy: This is the most common type of intrauterine pregnancy, and it occurs when a woman doesn’t want to get pregnant but gets pregnant anyway. It’s the most common type of pregnancy, accounting for about 75% of all pregnancies.
- Intentional Pregnancy: This is when a woman chooses to get pregnant. It accounts for about 25% of all pregnancies.
- Involuntary Pregnancy: A woman becomes pregnant without wanting to get pregnant or knowing how she got pregnant. It accounts for about 5% of all pregnancies.
How Do Intrauterine Pregnancies Affect a Woman?
Intrauterine pregnancies occur inside the uterus rather than outside of it, as in a vaginal delivery. The location of the embryo within the uterus can classify intrauterine pregnancies:
A normal intrauterine pregnancy has embryos in the uterine cavity (womb).
A gestational intrauterine pregnancy—the most common intrauterine pregnancy—has an embryo in the womb attached to the inner lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. This is called a villous abortion if it occurs before 8 weeks gestation (5 weeks after conception) and stillbirth if it occurs after 8 weeks.
An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus, most commonly on one or both ovaries.
When is a Woman Likely to become pregnant with an intrauterine pregnancy?
Intrauterine pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg implants within the uterus rather than outside of it. There are several intrauterine pregnancies based on how the egg is implanted. Most intrauterine pregnancies start as tubal pregnancies, where egg implantation occurs in one or both fallopian tubes. About 10-15% of all intrauterine pregnancies result from a tubal pregnancy that goes undetected, and these cases are often referred to as “silent miscarriages.” Less common types of intrauterine pregnancy include.
- Uterine implants (in which the egg implantation takes place in the uterus),
- submucous implantation (in which the egg attaches to tissue below the surface of the uterus), and
- ruptured ovarian cysts (which can release an embryo).
There is no definitive answer to when a woman will likely become pregnant with an intrauterine pregnancy. Factors influencing this includes a woman’s age, fertility status, and sexual history. Some women may become pregnant more quickly than others after beginning sexual intercourse; others may take longer. Intrauterine pregnancy can also occur at any point during a woman’s menstrual cycle, although it is most common between days 14-28.
What are the Side Effects of an Intrauterine Pregnancy?
Intrauterine pregnancy describes a pregnancy that occurs inside the uterus or womb. There are many types of intrauterine pregnancies, each with its risks and side effects.
The most common type of intrauterine pregnancy is called an uncomplicated pregnancy. In uncomplicated intrauterine pregnancies, the uterus and fallopian tubes are healthy, and the baby grows normally.
However, there are still some risks associated with intrauterine pregnancies, including:
Preeclampsia: This is a condition that can occur in any stage of pregnancy, but is more likely to occur in early pregnancy. Preeclampsia features high blood pressure, proteinuria (a high urine protein level), and fluid retention. It can be life-threatening if not treated properly.
This condition can occur in any stage of pregnancy, but is more likely to occur in early pregnancy. Preeclampsia features high blood pressure, proteinuria (a high urine protein level), and fluid retention. It can be life-threatening if not treated properly. Miscarriage: Miscarriage occurs when the baby dies before birth. Most miscarriages are due to problems with the baby’s development (such as severe Down syndrome), but some are due to complications during childbirth (such as obstetric hemorrhage).
Miscarriage occurs when the baby dies before birth. Most miscarriages are due.
Complications of an Intrauterine Pregnancy
Complications of an intrauterine pregnancy can include:
Miscarriage: Up to 20% of pregnancies result in miscarriage, which is the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks. The most common cause of early miscarriage is abnormal chromosomes in the baby’s cells. Other causes include issues with implantation (the process by which the egg embeds itself into the uterine wall) or with the umbilical cord.
Severe preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a condition that can develop during any stage of pregnancy, but is most common during the first trimester. It can cause high blood pressure, fluid retention, and a possible change in the mother’s blood clotting profile. Severe preeclampsia may require hospitalization and can lead to both short- and long-term complications for the mother and baby.
Premature birth: About one in three premature births (births before 37 weeks gestation) occur in pregnant women with intrauterine pregnancies. This type of premature birth is particularly dangerous because it increases the risk of serious health problems for both mother and child, including cerebral palsy, breathing difficulties, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
How Are Intrauterine Pregnancies Treated
Intrauterine pregnancies are difficult to diagnose and can be life-threatening. The most common complication is premature delivery, which can occur if the baby is born too early. Other complications include infection, miscarriage, and placental abruption. Treatment for intrauterine pregnancies typically includes antibiotics to prevent infection, bed rest, and Mild supportive care. A woman suffering from PID may also require treatment with antibiotics and other medications.