Every month we will identify the most commonly asked questions about ectopic pregnancy and answer them. If you have any further questions which you cannot find answers to on the website, please can you contact us.
Is ectopic pregnancy viable?
There has never been a case when an ectopic pregnancy has resulted in a live birth. This is because as the pregnancy grows and increases in volume the tube will eventually rupture which is a gynaecological emergency and maybe life threatening. There have been rare cases of secondary abdominal pregnancy where the placenta receives its blood supply from other intra abdominal organs which may include the omentum.
Is there anything I can do to prevent another ectopic pregnancy?
To minimise the risk of another ectopic pregnancy any risk factors need to be addressed. It could be wise to have a sexual health check which should include a chlamydia screen and treatment with antibiotics if positive. Endometriosis is a well known risk factor and if you have symptoms such as severe period pain (dysmenorrhea) or deep pain on sexual intercourse (dyspareunia) you should be referred to a gynaecologist.
Can I have an IUCD if I’ve had an ectopic pregnancy?
Intrauterine contraceptive devices used to be contra indicated in those who had had a past history of ectopic pregnancy. Some older IUCD were associated with pelvic sepsis and tubal damage.
New generation IUCDs including progesterone releasing are often used in those with a past history of ectopic pregnancy.
Would an ectopic pregnancy show up on a home pregnancy test?
No, a home pregnancy test will just tell you if you are pregnant and will give no information above the site of the pregnancy.
Where can I find others’ experiences of ectopic pregnancy?
Women often find it therapeutic to hear about the experiences of others. The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation encourages this and there is a section on the website where experiences can be posted and shared. View our case studies page.