Can Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Be Prevented?

The only way to avoid the rare chance of developing gestational trophoblastic (jeh-STAY-shuh-nul troh-fuh-BLAS-tik) disease (GTD) is to not get pregnant. But GTD is so rare that its prevention should not be a factor in family planning decisions for women who have never been affected by it.

Women with a history of one or more molar pregnancies should talk with their doctor to be sure they understand their risk for future molar pregnancies.

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Last Medical Review: February 6, 2014 Last Revised: February 9, 2016

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