Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
25 Nov 2019
12:47 pm

What you need to know about ectopic pregnancy

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

You cannot prevent an ectopic pregnancy, but you can decrease certain risk factors.

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Pregnancy begins with a fertilised egg. Normally, the fertilised egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when it implants somewhere other than in the main cavity of the uterus. Up to an estimated 2% pregnancies are ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy most often occurs in one of the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus (fallopian tubes). This type of ectopic pregnancy is known as a tubal pregnancy. In some cases an ectopic pregnancy can occur in the abdominal cavity, ovary or neck of the uterus (cervix). An ectopic pregnancy cannot proceed...