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The fertilized egg can implant itself in the uterine tubes, the cervix, the ovary, the abdominal cavity, or different parts of the uterine tubes. As shown in figure 16, the most common areas for ectopic pregnancies to occur are in the uterine tubes. The most frequent cases are in the ampullary section of the uterine tubes. Ovarian and cervical pregnancies occur less than one percent of the time in natural conception. The rates of ectopic pregnancies get higher with artificial reproductive technologies. The occurrence of abdominal pregnancies is about 1.4 percent of the one percent of ectopic pregnancies (Hacker, Gambone, and Hobel, 2010).

Figure 16: The occurence of different types of ectopic pregnancies (Hacker, Gambone, and Hobel, 2010)

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