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What is the least common site of ectopic pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside the normal site in the uterine cavity, usually in the Fallopian tube . The rare sites are in the cervix or ovary. One of the least common sites is in a scar on the uterus usually in a caesarean section scar. It maybe that with the increasing rise in the Caesarean section rate that these cases may become more common – see ectopic pregnancy sites on the website.
Can an ectopic pregnancy move to the uterus on its own?
No, it is not possible for an ectopic pregnancy to migrate to the uterine cavity.
Are there ways to prevent ectopic pregnancy?
The only way to prevent an ectopic pregnancy is to refrain from sexual intercourse. Risks can however be reduced by having a sexual health screen as infection with chlamydia a strong risk factor. It is important to remember that severe damage to the Fallopian tubes can occur without symptoms of a chlamydia infection – see our risk factors page for more information on chlamydia.
Is ectopic pregnancy related to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common gynaecological condition which may occur in upto 20% of women of reproductive age in the United Kingdom . It is a recognised risk factor for the development of an ectopic pregnancy – see section on PCOS symptoms and treatment for more information.
Can you have a period with an ectopic pregnancy?
With a pregnancy in any location including an ectopic pregnancy, it is not possible to have periods but some can experience vaginal bleeding similar to a period.