Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside the womb. It can be in the ovary itself, or in the abdomen, or in the cervix, or at the joint between tube and the womb, or at any place outside the womb.
Rarely can it occur both in the womb as well as at the tube. Infections which are not treated can be the risk factors for this.It is also called the tubal pregnancy as most of the pregnancies in this type occur in the fallopian tubes. There is a very rare chance for a woman to get it repeated. However, such a woman, who has the fear of possible repetition of it, should have a regular monitoring by the personal physician to avoid it. The aim of it must be to avoid risk factors.
In the UK, though previously the rate of ectopic pregnancies was 0.25 to 1 percent of all pregnancies, now it is becoming more and more common. Likewise, in other countries like US, the number is raising manifold. From 1966 to 1985, in Finland, the number of ectopic pregnancies has multiplied three times, and in US the increase was four times from 1970 to 1983. But Jamaica has the rare distinction of having one ectopic pregnancy in every 28 deliveries.
In the treatment of previous ectopic pregnancy, if there is a loss of fallopian tube, there is little chance of getting pregnant as the ovulation may take place from that side. However, the chances of normal pregnancy can be enhanced. If you have lost a fallopian tube, and still want to get pregnant, you should first consult your doctor and then act accordingly.
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