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Ectopic Pregnancy

Preventing Ectopic Pregnancy

Preventing ectopic pregnancy in most of its forms is not currently possible. A woman may be able to prevent a tubal pregnancy in which the fetus implants in a fallopian tube, if conditions that scar the tube can be avoided.

Risks of a tubal pregnancy can be minimized by:

  • quitting smoking
  • limiting the number of sex partners
  • not having unprotected sex
  • early diagnosis and prompt treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Women with unavoidable conditions such as infertility, a birth defect in the fallopian tube, endometriosis (a condition caused when uterine tissue grows in other areas of the pelvis), or age-related risks should get regular checkups by a qualified gynecologist familiar with ectopic pregnancy.

Locations for Ectopic Pregnancy