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Ectopic Pregnancy (cont.)

Ectopic Pregnancy Prevention

Ectopic pregnancy is not generally preventable. However, it is possible to decrease some of the risk factors for developing an ectopic pregnancy:

  • If you are diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease, take the prescribed antibiotic as directed until it is completely resolved, then follow-up with your doctor to be certain you are cured.
  • Avoid gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • If you plan to get pregnant soon and you are using an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception, discuss this with your health care professional.
  • Surgery of the reproductive system, bowels, or lower abdomen can lead to scarring, which increases your risk of ectopic pregnancy.
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