(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.
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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.
- 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)
-- Diana Kohnle
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