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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Ectopic Pregnancy

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Ectopic Pregnancy

09/02/11

(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.
  • Endometriosis.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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