The EPT - Supporting people who have experienced an early pregnancy complication and the health care professionals who care for them

  • What is an ectopic pregnancy? - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Ectopic pregnancy is a common, life-threatening condition affecting 1 in 80 pregnancies. It occurs when a woman’s ovum (egg) that has been fertilised, implants somewhere instead of moving successfully down her fallopian tube into the womb to develop there.
  • Reasons for an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Any sexually active woman of childbearing age is at risk of an ectopic pregnancy and often the reason for the ectopic pregnancy will never be determined. However, ectopic pregnancies are more likely if you have had any of the following.
  • Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - If you are a woman of childbearing age and have recently been sexually active, pains in your lower tummy may be due to many things. They could, however, be due to an ectopic pregnancy. The following are possible ectopic pregnancy symptoms.
  • Diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Ectopic pregnancy can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can suggest other, more usual, conditions such as gastroenteritis, miscarriage or even appendicitis. The more you can tell a doctor about what has changed, what feels different and what is worrying you, the more likely they are to be able to diagnose you.
  • Treating an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - If you have been diagnosed as having an ectopic pregnancy and are stable, with pulse and blood pressure within normal limits, and there is no heavy bleeding or severe pain, and if there are no signs of dizziness or fainting, the doctor will be able to discuss various treatment options with you.
  • Your body after an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Your body goes through a process of recovery following an ectopic pregnancy and it is important that you be gentle with yourself and give yourself time to heal. It is not unusual to have many questions.
  • Your emotions after an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - During the diagnosis and treatment stages of an ectopic pregnancy there can be so many worries and decisions to make that it can be difficult to think about the future and may take time for your emotions to surface properly.
  • Trying to conceive after an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Some women are desperate to try to conceive again after an ectopic pregnancy whereas others are frightened and feel they need more time to emotionally and physically recover. Everyone grieves differently and there is no right or wrong decision.
  • Dads and ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - 1 in 5 pregnancies will miscarry and 1 in 80 pregnancies will be ectopic. It is a devastating experience for a family and dads have feelings too. The pain of losing a baby can be overwhelming.
  • How we can help - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - We have been through the same physical and emotional trauma as you, so we understand and sympathise with how you may be feeling right now. We believe strongly that talk is therapeutic and that our forums and helpline really help people heal.
  • Clinical features of an ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - The combination of sensitive urinary pregnancy tests, transvaginal ultrasound and serum hCG estimations enables the early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy in modern clinical practice.
  • Ultrasound diagnosis - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Transvaginal ultrasound is the standard test now for the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. Over 70% of ectopic pregnancies are seen on ultrasound on the first scan and well over 90% before surgery.
  • Biochemistry - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Serum biochemistry is generally used most for the management of pregnancy of unknown location or PUL.
  • Caesarian scar ectopic pregnancies - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Non tubal ectopic pregnancy, such as caesarian scar ectopic or interstitial tube where the tube passes through the muscle of the uterus, the cervix and more rarely in the wall of the uterus itself (myometrial), often cause problems quite late on and are associated with a disproportionate number of serious complications.
  • Factors increasing risk of ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Pregnancies implant in the Fallopian tube because of a combination of factors: a failure of the mechanisms which move the pregnancy along the Fallopian tube into the womb and a change in the environment in the fallopian tube that allows early implantation to occur.
  • Morbidity in ectopic pregnancy - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - As trainee gynaecologists, one of the first things we learn is the idea that a women with pain, bleeding and almost any symptoms has an ectopic pregnancy until proved otherwise. Over time maybe this teaching has slipped.
  • National guidelines - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust’s gold-standard for care, based on the evidence that early diagnosis improves treatment choice and reduces the emotional trauma associated with the condition, is outlined here.
  • How we can help - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Our free patient-orientated literature is the product of ongoing consultation with doctors, nurses and patients and is continually revised and peer reviewed.
  • Get involved - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - We could not achieve so much without our friends and volunteers, who generously donate their time and skills and provide us with much-needed funds through annual subscription. Most of our donations are less than £10 and even small regular amounts make a very big difference.
  • Donate - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Support our work by making a one-off or regular donation, or become a patron or Friend of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.
  • Become a friend - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - The Trust receives no government funding, we rely on the generosity of people like you. By becoming a Friend you will enable us to not only maintain our services but also to continue to expand and progress our areas of expertise.
  • Volunteering - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - The most valuable asset the EPT has is its volunteers. We are very proud that our services are delivered to such a high standard, through our trained or appropriately qualified volunteers.
  • Shop - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - The Trust is working towards raising awareness and improving the standard of care currently provided to women who suffer from ectopic pregnancies. With limited resources available, we could not achieve so much without friends, volunteers and donations. Buying any of the items below helps us to continue to provide our services.
  • Research - The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - If you have been directly affected by ectopic pregnancy, you are invited to complete our Research Questionnaire. The responses help us to talk to the media, the medico nursing professions and the general public about the experience of those who adjust to a life after ectopic pregnancy. Your contributions are used to guide these powerful agencies, in delivering care and information on the condition to a wider audience.

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