Health Tip: Risk Factors for Ectopic Pregnancy09/02/11
(HealthDay News) -- Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg begins
to develop outside the womb. In this type of pregnancy, the fetus
cannot grow normally and does not survive.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says risk factors for
ectopic pregnancy include:
- Scarring or an infection in the fallopian tubes.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Scarring from a pelvic surgery.
- Complications from a ruptured appendix.
- A birth defect affecting the fallopian tubes.
- Being older than age 35.
- Having had many sexual partners.
- In rare cases, having become pregant while using an
intrauterine device (IUD)
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