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Health Tip: Learning About Ectopic Pregnancy

Who is at risk

(HealthDay News) -- When the fertilized egg doesn't make it to the uterus and begins to grow elsewhere in the reproductive system -- in the fallopian tube, abdomen, ovary or cervix -- it's called an ectopic pregnancy.

This is a serious condition that requires a doctor's diagnosis and treatment.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of common risk factors for ectopic pregnancy:

  • Having endometriosis.
  • Having had a pelvic infection (such as pelvic inflammatory disease) or surgery around the pelvis.
  • Being a smoker.
  • Being older than 35.
  • Infertility problems or treatment.
  • Fallopian tube abnormalities or inflammation.
  • Having had a previous ectopic pregnancy.
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