Welcome to Laurie’s Big Blog – January 2023

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 an unusual discharge or bleeding colour a sign of ectopic pregnancy?

The colour of vaginal discharge if present, is classically described as the colour of prune juice rather then fresh vaginal bleeding which is more common in a miscarriage.  See symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.

Is depression normal following an ectopic pregnancy?

There is no doubt that ectopic pregnancy can have a profound impact on a persons mental health, which may include depression or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The number of the incidents is unknown but may be under-diagnosed and therefore under-treated by health care professionals.  See Psychological impact of ectopic pregnancy.

Can COVID-19 cause ectopic pregnancy?

There is no evidence that Covid infection increases the incidence of ectopic pregnancy. There is concern that problems accessing medical assessment could result in later diagnosis and as such may mean that methotrexate treatment cannot be used and surgery is necessary. See Covid 19 infections and ectopic pregnancy to see what to do if you think that you may have an ectopic pregnancy.

What are the signs of ectopic pregnancy at 6 weeks?

The signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy usually occur at about six weeks from the last menstrual period.  They include dark brown vaginal discharge, and unilateral lower abdominal discomfort of pain . Later symptoms include feeling faint and shoulder pain on lying flat. See symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.

Are there resources available on ectopic pregnancy in languages other than English?

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation provides information about ectopic pregnancy around the world.  On our website we provide information in 36 languages.  See Frequently asked Questions.