Welcome to Laurie’s Big Blog – February 2022

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.

What is the connection (if any) between endometriosis and ectopic pregnancy?

Endoritrosis is a risk factor for the development of an ectopic pregnancy. Endriosisis a common gynaecological condition affecting up to 20% of women of reproductive age.

Is post-ectopic pregnancy depression usual?

An ectopic pregnancy can have a profound  psychological effect, which maybe sadness, grief, depression , and sometimes anger. See Your Feelings Following an Ectopic Pregnancy for more information.

Where can I find others’ experiences of ectopic pregnancy?

The ectopic pregnancy foundation foundation encourage women posting their experiences to be a part of the healing process and to help and support others who have had similar experiences. See the Patient Experiences section to read more about this.

What are the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy twice?

Although a subsequent pregnancy is usually inter uterine, the recurrent rate can be up to 15%. Hence it is important to seek medical advice early to exclude another ectopic pregnancy.

I have mild POD fluid. Is this an indicator that I have an ectopic pregnancy?

Some free fluid behind the uterus (Pouch of Douglas POD) is physiological and normal and so not an indication of an early ectopic pregnancy. In the later stages of an ectopic pregnancy when it leaks or ruptures, blood collects in the pouch of Douglas and this can cause shoulder tip pain if the blood tracks down behind the diaphragm.