Chlamydia and ectopic pregnancy


It has long been known that women who have had Chlamydia are at higher risk for ectopic pregnancy. But don’t bother asking your doctor why, the connection between the two has been a bit of a mystery.

Ectopic pregnancy is when an embryo (fertilized egg) implants somewhere other than the uterus where it is suppose to go. Most often implantation occurs in the fallopian tube, but embryos have been known to implant in really strange places like the intestinal wall. A vast majority of these pregnancies have to be terminated to save the mother’s life and/or the viability of her reproductive organs.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Most women don’t even know they have it because it is without visible symptoms. It is highly contagious however.

Now, key research may have discovered the link between ectopic pregnancies and the disease. The new study provides evidence that, even after Chlamydia has been treated, a protein stays behind and dwells in the fallopian tubes. The protein is called PROKR2 and makes it more likely to attract an embryo to implant in the fallopian tube. The research is published in American Journal of Pathology.

Chlamydia can cause obvious scarring in the fallopian tubes, but this research shows that long term damage may be more subtle in the form of the lingering protein. The research followed experiments which showed that smokers create a similar protein and they also experience and increased occurrence of ectopic pregnancy.

Source: University of Edinburgh, ScienceDaily

Chlamydia treatment would

Chlamydia treatment would involve intake of antibiotics for obliterating offender germs present in the body. Chlamydia trachomatis infection could be effectually treated with the use of antibiotics.


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