Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation
Registered Charity No: 1122286
Patient Helpline: +44 (0) 845 070 4636
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Welcome to the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation (EPF) Website.

As many as 1 in 100 pregnancies is an ectopic pregnancy. If mismanaged this is a potentially life threatening problem. In many cases keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery maybe used to treat this condition. To view video clips of the procedure use this link.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation (EPF) has been established with the aim of improving the care of women with a diagnosis, or possible diagnosis, of ectopic pregnancy. We hope to reduce the morbidity and maternal mortality caused by this common condition.

For patients the website provides information on what an ectopic pregnancy is, plus the risk factors, symptoms, investigations and treatment options. We have the answers to 15 frequently asked questions (FAQs) in a large number of languages, and these are available for download. There is also an Ectopic Pregnancy Forum and a 24 hour patient helpline (charged only at local rates).

For professionals we provide overviews and perspectives from various health professionals including laparoscopic surgeons, early pregnancy specialists and ultrasonographers.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Mr Lawson Tait - 'the forgotten gynaecologist' - who, in his short life, achieved so much to improve the health of women.

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Q: What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
A: An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterine cavity and usually in the fallopian tube.

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?
A: Classic symptoms are one sided lower abdominal pain and light vaginal bleeding six to eight weeks after the last period. Others include feeling faint and weak, shoulder tip pains on lying down and pains on opening the bowels.