Welcome to Laurie’s Big Blog – October 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.

What organ does ectopic pregnancy take place in most?

Ectopic pregnancies are usually located in the Fallopian tube but rarely at other sites. These include the ovary, cervix or very rarely a scar on the uterus, usually as a result of a previous caesarean section(s). See the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation website under sites of ectopic pregnancy


How do they remove ectopic pregnancy?

Surgery for an ectopic pregnancy involves the removal of the pregnancy and the portion of the Fallopian tube in which it is located (partial salpingectomy) in a few cases it may be possible to open the Fallopian tube and remove it by suction without removing any of the tube (liner salpingostomy)
See the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation website section on surgery and also view the videos of surgery.


Is it possible to have an ectopic pregnancy without pain?

Although unlikely an ectopic pregnancy can have no symptoms in the early stages of pregnancy. See the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation website for symptoms of ectopic pregnancy


Where can I go to ask for help if I am concerned?

If you have any concerns about the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy you should seek professional advice without delay. This could be your general practitioner, local early pregnancy unit, or your local Accident & Emergency department.
See the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation website home page on what to do if you are concerned about an ectopic pregnancy
Also, the foundation has a 24-hour day helpline  staffed by healthcare professionals)


Can Corona Virus (COVID-19) cause ectopic pregnancy?

There is no  evidence that COVID is a risk factor for the development of an ectopic pregnancy.