Etiology Risk Factors

■ Fallopian tube transport malfunction due to:

■ Infection such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea (50%)

■ Previous ectopic pregnancy

■ Previous tubal surgery

■ Abdominal surgery resulting in adhesions

■ Endometriosis

■ Congenital abnormalities (often from diethylstilbestrol [DES] exposure)

■ Pregnancy with intrauterine device in place

■ Assisted reproduction:

■ Ovulation-inducing drugs

■ In vitro fertilization

The primary causes of ectopic pregnancy include conditions that either prevent or impede passage of a fertilized ovum through the fallopian tube.

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