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Ectopic pregnancy

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Introduction
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. This means the egg will not develop into a baby.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include abnormal vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain, typically just in one side, which can range from mild to severe.
Causes of ectopic pregnancy
Risk factors for an ectopic pregnancy include having a history of pelvic inflammatory disease and previous surgery to the fallopian tubes.
Diagnosing ectopic pregnancy
A transvaginal (through the vagina) ultrasound scan is sometimes used to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy.
Treating ectopic pregnancy
The baby cannot be saved in an ectopic pregnancy.
Complications of ectopic pregnancy
To avoid complications, it is important that an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed as early as possible.
Preventing ectopic pregnancy
You cannot always prevent ectopic pregnancy from occurring, but you can reduce your risk by protecting yourself against pelvic inflammatory disease.
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