You can't prevent an ectopic pregnancy, but you can decrease certain risk factors. For example, limit your number of sexual partners and use a condom when you have sex to help prevent sexually transmitted infections and reduce the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease.

If you've had an ectopic pregnancy, talk to your doctor before conceiving again. When you become pregnant, your doctor will carefully monitor your condition. Early blood tests and ultrasound imaging can offer the earliest detection of another ectopic pregnancy — or reassurance that the pregnancy is developing normally.

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