Welcome to Laurie’s Big Blog – November 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 does ectopic shoulder pain feel like?

Shoulder tip pain is a sign that the ectopic pregnancy has resulted in bleeding from the ectopic pregnancy which is either leaking or has actually ruptured . The pain is due to blood irritating the diaphragm leading to referred pain in the shoulder which tends to be worse when lying flat. (See case report in the Bibliography section)

What are the sites of implantation with an ectopic pregnancy?

There are many implantation sites for an ectopic pregnancy which include the fallopian tube, the interstitial portion of the uterus (cornual), the cervix or ovary and an uncommon site is in a uterine scar (usually from a previous caesarean). View our Sites of ectopic pregnancy page.

What is the most common site of ectopic pregnancy?

The vast majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube. View our Sites of ectopic pregnancy page.

IS PTSD common after an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy can be life threatening and may have a profound effect on the woman’s mental well-being. Accurate figures for this are not known and maybe under-reported . PTSD has been reported and psychological support is recommended. View our Feelings following an ectopic pregnancy page.

What are the chances of me having an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is a common, potentially life–threatening, condition affecting as many as 1 in 80 pregnancies.

Once you have had an ectopic pregnancy, your risk of having another ectopic pregnancy is increased. The actual risk is increased about 10%. Overall, in the general population the risk is 1 to 2%. It is important to note however that your chance of having a normal pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy is far better. It varies from 50 to 80%.