What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

\"If you don't know anything about an ectopic pregnancy, it's basically a pregnancy that develops outside of your uterus,\" Lederle wrote on her blog. \"An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that's growing in a place other than the womb (or uterus),\" explains Katharine White, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University. \"The biggest risk with an ectopic pregnancy is that the site of the ectopic will rupture — your fallopian tubes (and those other non-uterus locations) were not designed to allow a pregnancy to grow safely,\" White says. So it's critical to treat an ectopic pregnancy when it's found, either by surgery to remove the pregnancy, or by medication to dissolve it.\" The first IVF pregnancy was an ectopic pregnancy.

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