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.
Topic: The partner
What signs of ectopic pregnancy should I look out for in my partner when we are trying to conceive?
The signs and symptoms include a missed period, light prune juice vaginal discharge, and one sided lower abdominal or pelvic discomfort or pain. Other symptoms can include shoulder pain, feeling light headed or fainting. See ectopic pregnancy symptoms on the website.
As a partner, what can I do to prevent ectopic pregnancy?
Unfortunately there is no way of preventing your partner developing an ectopic pregnancy.
If my partner has an ectopic pregnancy, how can I support them?
Having an ectopic pregnancy is a traumatic experience with many emotions. As a partner, it is important for you to be supportive. This may entail care at home after surgery or treatment with methotrexate, and this may involve taking your partner for follow up appointments which are important. Talking through the issues raised about the loss of a pregnancy and plans for the future are also important. See website on psychological impact of an ectopic pregnancy.
If my partner has an ectopic pregnancy, does that mean there’s also something wrong with me?
There is no good evidence that male factors play a part in the cause of an ectopic pregnancy.
Can we try for another baby after the ectopic pregnancy has been treated?
If the treatment of the ectopic pregnancy was surgical there is no minimum time to decision of when to try for a further pregnancy and is up to the couple. This is usually when they feel psychologically ready.
If the treatment was with methotrexate then it is advised that you wait six months before attempting a further pregnancy.