Welcome to Laurie’s Big Blog – October 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.

How is an ectopic pregnancy most usually discovered?

Ectopic pregnancies are usually detected by history leading to special investigations. The history is of a missed period, brown vaginal discharge and one-sided lower Pelvic discomfort or pain. Special investigations include a trans vaginal ultrasound scan and a blood test to measure the level of bGCG. With the results and with consideration of the clinical situation further management plans can be made. See Signs of Ectopic Pregnancy and Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment for more information.

How long does it take to recover physically from an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Recovery time depends on the individual and the type of surgery that they had. With laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery they are usually discharged the following day and back to normal activities in a few days.

If open (laparotomy) surgery is performed a hospital stay of a few days is usual and as there is a bikini scar on the abdomen. This takes longer to heal and may take weeks – see Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment for more information.

If I have had one ectopic pregnancy are my chances of having a second ectopic pregnancy increased?

Although it is most likely that a subsequent pregnancy following an ectopic pregnancy will be inter uterine, the recurrence rate is thought to be about 10%. It may be wise when you become pregnant that you arrange a trans vaginal scan early.

How soon after an ectopic pregnancy can I try to get pregnant again?

There are no hard and fast rules about when to try for another pregnancy if you have had surgery. It is down to the individual to decide on when they are psychologically ready.
It is however different if you gave been treated with methotrexate. The advice is that you should use contraceptives for the next 6 months after your last dose of methotrexate. See Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment for more information.

How can I help raise money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation?

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation provides information and advice via the website to those who have been affected by a potential or actual ectopic pregnancy. We also provide practice advice on what to do if you think that you have an ectopic pregnancy.

We also have Frequently Asked Questions in 36 languages and a 24 hour advice line answered by healthcare professionals.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation does not receive any central funding and relies solely on donations.

You could consider donating yourself or running fundraising activities such as coffee mornings pub quiz nights or even running full or half marathon.

All donations will be gratefully received and used to run and provide services.