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Explains why it is not possible to prevent ectopic pregnancy.


Can ectopic pregnancy by prevented?

Can ectopic pregnancy be prevented?

Unfortunately, ectopic pregnancy cannot be prevented. Complete tubal occlusion before starting IVF treatment was advocated by the pioneers of IVF, Mr Steptoe and Professor Edwards, following the first IVF pregnancy, which was ectopic. Although this practice may have helped to reduce the incidence of ectopic pregnancy, it is no longer performed. In addition it will not prevent an interstitial pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy which implants in the inner part of the tube, which lies within the muscle of the womb.


it has been reported that the lowest risk of ectopic pregnancy was associated with the transfer of a single frozen blastocyst (Human Reproduction 2015).

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