Ectopic pregnancy - information and support

An ectopic pregnancy is a condition that happens when a fertilised egg attaches itself somewhere outside the uterus.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

In an ectopic pregnancy, a fertilised egg starts to grow somewhere other than in the normal lining of the womb, usually in 1 of the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancy affects around 1 in 100 pregnancies.

An ectopic pregnancy creates a potentially life-threatening situation for the mother, so it is very important that it is treated quickly. Unfortunately, it is not possible to save the pregnancy if it is ectopic. This can be difficult to come to terms with. You can talk to a Tommy’s midwife about what you’re going through for free. You can call them on 0800 0147 800 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email them at [email protected] All our midwives are trained in bereavement support.

What causes ectopic pregnancy?

Any woman can have an ectopic pregnancy. In fact, about a third of women who experience an ectopic pregnancy have no known risk factors. But there are some things that may increase your risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. These include:

  • pelvic inflammatory disease (inflammation of the female reproductive system, usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection)
  • previous ectopic pregnancy (the risk of having another ectopic pregnancy is around 10%)
  • previous surgery on your fallopian tubes, such as unsuccessful female sterilisation
  • fertility treatment, such as IVF 
  • getting pregnant while using contraception such as an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS) for contraception 
  • smoking
  • age (the risk is highest for pregnant women aged 35 to 40).

What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

Contact your GP or call NHS 111 if you have a combination of any of the below symptoms and you think you might be pregnant, even if you haven't had a positive pregnancy test.

Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy usually develop between the 4th and 12th week of pregnancy.

Vaginal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy tends to be a bit different to your regular period. It often starts and stops, and may be watery and dark brown in colour.

Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy can be common and isn't necessarily a sign of a serious problem, but you should always get medical advice if you have it.

Stomach pain

You may have stomach pain, typically low down on 1 side. It can develop suddenly or gradually, and may be persistent or come and go.

Any stomach pain may just be caused by a stomach bug, trapped wind or something unknown. But it is important to get medical advice if you have it.

Shoulder tip pain

Shoulder tip pain is an unusual pain felt where your shoulder ends and your arm begins. You should get medical advice right away if you experience this.

We don’t fully understand why this pain happens. It is thought to be linked to the presence of fluid or blood leaking into the pelvis or lower abdomen, which happens in an ectopic pregnancy. There are nerves in this area that are linked to your shoulder. Irritation of these nerves can lead to shoulder tip pain.

Discomfort when going to the toilet

You may have pain when going for a wee or poo. You may also have diarrhoea or constipation.

Some changes to your normal bladder and bowel patterns are normal during pregnancy. These symptoms can be caused by urinary tract infections and stomach bugs. But it's still a good idea to get medical advice.

Symptoms of a rupture

In some cases, an ectopic pregnancy can grow large enough to split open the fallopian tube. This is known as a rupture.

Ruptures are very serious. Surgery to repair the fallopian tube needs to be carried out as soon as possible.

Signs of a rupture include a combination of:

  • a sharp, sudden and intense pain in your tummy
  • feeling very dizzy or fainting
  • feeling sick
  • looking very pale.

A rupture can be life threatening, but fortunately they are uncommon and treatable, if dealt with quickly. Deaths from ruptures are extremely rare in the UK.

How is ectopic pregnancy treated?

Unfortunately, the only way to treat an ectopic pregnancy is to end the pregnancy. This can be very distressing, and you may need support afterwards to come to terms with what has happened.

Your healthcare team will talk to you about your options and what this means for you. Not all these options will be suitable and will depend on:

  • how many weeks pregnant you are
  • your symptoms (for example, how much pain you are in)
  • if there is a lot of bleeding in your stomach
  • your hCG levels (the pregnancy hormone)
  • what is available at your local hospital.

It’s important that you understand all your options and what this may mean for you and your ability to get pregnant again (if you want to). Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to and raise any concerns you have about what is happening.

There are 3 treatment options for an ectopic pregnancy.

Expectant management

Expectant management means waiting for the pregnancy to end by itself naturally (miscarriage), without treatment. It is usually only possible when the pregnancy is still in the early stages and when you have a few or no symptoms.

Your doctor will need to check your hCG levels (pregnancy hormones) every few days until they go back to normal. This is to make sure that the pregnancy has completely ended. You may need more ultrasound scans.

Find out more about expectant management.

Medication 

You will be given medication as an injection. This stops the pregnancy from developing and it will gradually disappear. If you are given medication, your fallopian tube is not removed.

You may need to stay in hospital overnight. Many women are in some pain for the first few days, but this should settle if you take paracetamol.

You will need to go back to hospital in the first week and then once a week to check your hCG levels. It may take a few weeks make sure the pregnancy has completely ended and you may need further ultrasound scans. During this time, you should not have sex. You should also avoid getting pregnant by using reliable contraception for at least 3 months.

Some women who take medication may still need surgery.

Surgery

The aim of surgery is to remove the ectopic pregnancy. The surgery will be either be a laparoscopy (a type of keyhole surgery) or a laparotomy (open surgery). It may take longer to recover if you have open surgery.

You may have your fallopian tube removed (known as a salpingectomy). This will reduce the risk of having another ectopic pregnancy next time. 

If you only have 1 tube or your other tube does not look healthy, you may be advised to have a salpingotomy. This operation aims to remove the pregnancy without removing the tube. This means that you have a higher risk of another ectopic pregnancy, but you will still be able to get pregnant naturally.

You may be offered a follow-up appointment with your gynaecologist, particularly if you have had an emergency operation. If you have not had your fallopian tube removed, you will need to have your hCG levels checked until they are back to normal.

In an emergency

If the fallopian tube has ruptured, you will need emergency surgery to remove the ruptured tube and pregnancy. Your doctors will need to act quickly, so they may have to decide to operate for you.  

Will I still be able to have a baby in the future?

For most women, an ectopic pregnancy is a ‘one off’ event and does not happen again. Even if you have only one fallopian tube, your chance of getting pregnant again is only slightly reduced.

If you do get pregnant again, you may be offered an ultrasound scan at 6 to 8 weeks to confirm that the pregnancy is developing in the womb.

Talk to your GP if you do not want to become pregnant again. Some forms of contraception may be more suitable after an ectopic pregnancy.

How you may feel about an ectopic pregnancy

Having an ectopic pregnancy can have a huge impact on your mental health. Everyone is different but you’ll likely have lots of feelings and emotions and may need time to come to terms with the loss of a baby. Some women might also need time to accept that they could also have lost their life.

You may eventually want to try for another baby. Try to remember that the possibility of a normal pregnancy next time is much greater than the possibility of having another ectopic pregnancy.

You may find it helpful to:

  • talk to your partner, family or friends about how you feel
  • ask your care team what support is available – they may refer you to a counsellor who specialises in support for people affected by ectopic pregnancies
  • talk to a Tommy’s midwife free of charge from 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday on our helpline 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected]
  • visit The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust for more support and information.
 
 

Other types of miscarriage

Sources

NICE (2019). Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management. National Institute for health and care excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng126

Clinical Knowledge Summaries. Ectopic pregnancy https://cks.nice.org.uk/ectopic-pregnancy (Last reviewed: May 2018 Next review due: December 2023) 

NHS Choices. Ectopic pregnancy https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/ (Page last reviewed: 27/11/2018 Next review due: 27/11/2021)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2010) An ectopic pregnancy https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-an-ectopic-pregnancy.pdf

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    • By Princess (not verified) on 30 Jan 2020 - 11:05

      I had miscarriage 2015 nd 2018 I had ectopic pregnancy thy removed my left tubes nd 2019 I had ectopic pregnancy again thy removed my right tubes, so I wanted to know if I can get pregnant again??

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 Dec 2019 - 18:12

      I’m experiencing aching pain at the bottom of my stomach going down towards my vagina. It hurts to touch and very sore. Just wondering if it’s normal. It’s constant, pain killers don’t help and I’ve had it for about 2 days now.

    • By Queenie (not verified) on 22 Dec 2019 - 09:06

      Hello! I just did a home pregnancy test and the result is positive. I don't even know how many weeks gone.3days later am feeling pains on my left abdomen and i am bleeding like my usual period. I am scared and confuse. Please i need an advise.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Dec 2019 - 15:33

      Thank you for your message- If you are still in pain, you need to contact your GP or 111 for an urgent referral to your local early pregnancy clinic today. Call 999 or go straight to accident and emergency if you are experiencing a combination of the following:

      Sharp/intensifying pain in the abdomen
      Bleeding is worsening
      Feeling sick, dizzy or looking very pale

    • By Samavia (not verified) on 13 Jan 2020 - 17:20

      It can be an ectopic pregnancy. First of all make an appointment of a scan. It's v necessary. Nd don't try to stop the bleeding by medication before u confirmed it that where the pregnancy is. Hope for the best

    • By Lee (not verified) on 9 Dec 2019 - 12:54

      Good day,


      I recently had an Ectopic surgery performed and had one of my tubes removed.

      My partner and I decided to have unprotected sex just 6days after my operation, because I was no longer experiencing any pain.

      He did ejaculate outside of my vagina, although I’m very anxious seeing that this same method of ejaculating outside seems to be what made us pregnant in the first place.

      He seems to be adamant that all his sperm went outside, but I’m worried if the semen can cause any pregnancy.

      Please advise as to what measures to take in this case.
      Do I get blood tests done to check if my pregnancy hormones will go down or is it to early to detect a new pregnancy?

      Please help.

    • By Esther (not verified) on 24 Nov 2019 - 08:39

      Please I went for scan yesterday and I was told am 7wks+2days pregnant but it ectopic please wat should I do now

    • By blessing (not verified) on 22 Nov 2019 - 11:15

      I had an ectopic pregnant this year march which resolve in removing my right tube and the doctor told me that the other tube is perfectly okey...and I believe with God all things are possible I will get a healthy pregnant

    • By Aly (not verified) on 22 Oct 2019 - 09:33

      Hi i just want to share my story so it might shine some light that there is always hope.i had my first miscarriage at 21 i went on to have 3 more all in the same year til we just started to investigate what was wrong and in the process i fell pregnant again wit my son.after about 5years we tryed for another and i had an eptopic treated with injection we waited the recommended time and tryed again another eptopic this time surgery kept both tubes waited again and tryed again another eptopic i learned from my surgery that i had endometriosis.so i said im not giving up il try again conceived mu daughter after all that.and now 15months later i fell pregnant and just discovered yesterday its eptopic again.6weeks baby was snug wit a heartbeat in my tube its the first time ove ever seen that all other eptopics wer of an unknown location...my journey had not been an easy1 but if i stopped i wouldnt have my 2 miracles today.

    • By Kerry (not verified) on 16 Jan 2020 - 16:36

      I read ur story i myself have sufferd eptopic more than once first one hetratopic one in uterus one in tube lost my left tube and both babies. 2 and a half years we tried then in december i find out im pregnant . Had early scan and they said pul .. ( pregnancy of unknow location) i really could not belive it could happen again i just kept saying its just too early .. they told me to come back again next day again same .. had bloods which came back at 8000 recived call following day saying i need to come back doctors are concerned for my saftey till they know where baby is .. this time they see it in my tube little heart beat i was on my own and could not belive it was happening again .. it was all so quick gave me side room next minite im gowned up and taken to theatre. My partner was there when i woke up they saved this tube . I feel so l have no real surport im 39 and i feel its over .. i dont know how to deal with this pain again it tore my relationship apart before then we finally get pregnant and same again and i feel he dont understand how i feel

    • By Mary (not verified) on 3 Sep 2019 - 18:42

      I’ve just found out I’m pregnant after My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage and then I had 2 ectopic pregnancies got an appointment in 2 weeks with EPU just cants stop worrying it might be another ectopic and sad I just can’t be excited

    • By Bridg (not verified) on 16 Oct 2019 - 06:20

      Hard to describe that feeling as I have been there 2 times. Waiting to have a scan of my tubes but period is not showing up and I am freaking out instead celebrating.
      Hope your scan goes well xxx

    • By Shalom Mkandawire (not verified) on 24 Aug 2019 - 14:22

      I had a miscarriage in 2013 with bleeding at night and when i went to hospital i was told i lost it. And now another ectopic pregnancy in 2019.
      What am I supposed to do.
      I need a baby is there anything wrong with my uterus?

    • By rose (not verified) on 1 Aug 2019 - 20:37

      i had ectopic surgery June 2018.
      I suddenly started feeling pain in my abdomen, at the operated side.
      mine was in my ovary.does it call for any alarm?

    • By Rosie (not verified) on 3 Sep 2019 - 03:51

      I had my on feb 2018 , and till this day I have pain , on my left side that’s the one that was remove I don’t understand why

    • By Megan (not verified) on 27 Jul 2019 - 13:26

      I had an ectopic pregnancy a couple of years ago and am currently trying to get pregnant. I can tell when I am ovulating and I notice it is more sensitive and a little discomforting on my left side, where the ectopic was. It was treated with methotrexate. My question is if I become pregnant from ovulating not he left side is it likely this will end up in another ectopic pregnancy?

    • By Theto (not verified) on 6 Jul 2019 - 05:03

      I’m at 21years of age. I found out I was pregnant on the 1st of July 2019 I was tested at the clinic then the following day I did my own pregnancy test and it was positive again. On the 5th of July 2019 which was yesterday I went to the dr for ultrasound the doctor told me he can’t see anything in my womb but he sees something next to it so I must wait 2/4 weeks to check again as I’m still 3weeks. I’m sometimes experiencing pains but I don’t have any bleeding or shoulder pains. I’m having pains like period pains and sometimes when I sneeze it’s like I’m pulling something out in my tubes

    • By [email protected] (not verified) on 2 Jul 2019 - 12:28

      Hi there. I have had to PULs - one in Aug 2018 and one in April 2019. I am now pregnant again - very early days. I feel this will be another PUL. What is the likelihood of it being normal?

    • By Angy (not verified) on 5 Jun 2019 - 15:48

      I had my first ectopic on the 30th of August 2017. It was a shock to us all as we didn't even know I was 6weeks and 3 days pregnant. I had serve abdominal pain (first thought it was my appendix) but once an internal scan was done it showed my pregnancy. Just hours later it had ruptured and I was forced to loose my left fallopian tube at the age of 25. We thought it to be a hidden blessing as we discovered I had endometriosis. The doctors burnt it all away and cleaned me out. I was told to wait 6 months but that they would like me to fall pregnant as soon as possible after this as my chances would only get slimmer as I get older. In the beginning of November 2018 we found out we were expecting and I was over the moon happy. This was sadly shorted lived. On the 23rd of November 2018 I awoke to a pain I knew all too well and was rushed to hospital to find out at 5 weeks and 3 days I would yet again loose my only remaining fallopian tube to another ectopic pregnancy. I have been struggling to come to terms with it all but baby steps is all that I'm aiming for. I am now 27 years old and would like to give IVF a chance but I am not sure of the success rate, as badly as I would like to try it, I am not sure I'm strong enough to have a third taken away from me. Is there any one that has gone through something similar that has any advice for me?

    • By Your friend (not verified) on 7 Jul 2019 - 18:03

      I also had ectopic pregnancy and it hasn't ruptured on my left and my dr didn't remove it, had the second but my right fallopian tube was removed because it ruptured. But i am doing IVF this december i am ready..i cannot let anything come my way..i want the baby and i am gonna put my feeling away and do it....God knows

    • By Ndina (not verified) on 4 Aug 2019 - 13:46

      My first was ectopic. It ended in me losing a tube, found out last week that I am pregnant again and going to have an ultrasound next week to check again if it is ectopic. I know the pain, the fear and the anxiety of not being certain if you will ever be a mother. I know that even after losing both tubes one can get a baby with BIG

    • By Mei (not verified) on 9 Dec 2019 - 11:58

      I had been through that situation, i had first fallopian removed May 11,2017
      And July 22 2018 had my other tube removed it was all because of ectopic pregnancy.

    • By Suzanne (not verified) on 26 Apr 2019 - 14:49

      Hi ladies, over the past 2 years I have been pregnant 4 times. 1st was a miscarriage then 5 weeks later I was pregnant again and have a 16 month old. I'm now 34 ..35 in a few months so we started trying again at the end of art year. End of Jan this year we were pregnant but it ended in a miscarriage..5 weeks later I was pregnant again but started lightly bleeding on and off at 5 weeks..I went to the epu to get checked and they monitored me over a couple of weeks as my scan couldn't find anything so it was classed as a pregnancy of a unknown location. During this time my bloods were taken every 48 hours and my hcg levels were going up slightly one day then down the next then back up so over the next few weeks I was being reviewed but told that the pregnancy wasnt viable. I got discharged 3 weeks later to be told they were sure it was a miscarriage....4 days later in the worse pain ever in my lower back I was taken by ambulance to hospital and another scan showed still no pregnancy as such but internal bleeding. I had emergency surgery and it was ectopic and my left tube had ruptured..I'm a very lucky girl as it could have killed me. I'm 5 weeks on and under the fertility clinic and I week 3 of cycle monitoring. It's my fertility window so hoping to get pregnant again. This month they have said the egg Is ovulating from the side that my tube was removed but I'm still in with a chance. I guess what I'm trying to say is....trying for a baby no matter your age or if you already have a child is the hardest and most stressful thing and when things dont pan out the heartache is very overwhelming but their is hope and you just have to try and be mega positive xxx

    • By Toya (not verified) on 26 Apr 2019 - 05:35

      I have an a topic in November left tube removed then it’s now April 25, 2017 pregnant again but ectopic

    • By Mpho (not verified) on 25 Apr 2019 - 19:54

      I had an ectopic pregnancy last year and one of my fallopian tube was removed, but now I'm pregnant and I need to abort, is it safe?

    • By Lebo (not verified) on 28 Mar 2019 - 17:00

      Good evening, I am Lebo. Right now I am experiencing pain beneath my tummy and back pains too. I can not stand up straight. I am concern seens I am 5 months pregnant. Please help

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Apr 2019 - 10:47

      Hi Lebo
      I hope by now you have treatment for your pains and that all is well. Any severe pain or other symptoms such as heavy bleeding should be assessed urgently by your maternity unit.

    • By Hannah (not verified) on 27 Jan 2019 - 01:35

      I have had my copper coil in for 7 years this week I’ve feel very sick and off my food I am 3 days late I took a test today and it showed really faint line for been positive. I have been getting mild pains in my stomach and on one side of my back and a sharp pain on my right chest. Am I pregnant and could this be ectopic pregnancy?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2019 - 14:12

      Hi Hannah. You need to go to be seen urgently at your local A&E walk in centre in view of the one sided pain and your chest pain to rule out Ectopic Pregnancy and Pulmonary Embolism. Please tell them that you are pregnant (on test) and your symptoms. Hopefully they will rule out both and give you a clean bill of health. All the best, Tommy's Midwife

    • By Nicola (not verified) on 13 Oct 2018 - 07:34

      Hi I had an ectopic last year which I had my right tube removed the doctor said that my left to didn’t look up to scratch does this mean if i was going to get pregnant again it will happen again is there any chances that I could get pregnant and it not happen?

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Oct 2018 - 16:40

      HI Nicola,

      I am sorry to hear about your ectopic pregnancy last year. It is difficult to know what the doctor meant by your left tube not being 'up to scratch' therefore to advise you is a little tricky. As a general rule, if you have had one ectopic pregnancy, there is about a 10% chance of this happening again in the next pregnancy. However about 65% of women will go on to have a successful pregnancy within the next 18 months. If you are thinking of trying for another pregnancy it maybe worth contacting your GP to access your notes to review your medical history and support with this.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Nicola (not verified) on 6 Nov 2018 - 06:18

      Thank you I’m going to make an appointment to see my doctor. I already have 2 beautiful little girls age 3 and 4. If the doctor says that I won’t be able to have no more I have 2 little girls that mean the world to me and to be thankful for. Thank you for your help x

    • By Emma (not verified) on 23 Oct 2018 - 19:04

      Hi I just felt I need advice on how you feLtd after your ectopics because I'm so confused can i have a baby in the future or will I keep losing babies it's so sad I felt so empty after my 1st let alone my second ectopic in November last year which ended in left tube removed I sadly just had another loss a week ago so I'm about to give up how do you feel did you keep trying

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Oct 2018 - 11:43

      Hi Emma
      I am sorry to hear all that you've been through. It might be good for you to call us on our pregnancy helpline - we run the service Mon to Fri 9 am to 5pm. You can call and speak to one of us on the midwife team and go through your experiences and your concerns.
      We look forward to hearing from you
      All the best Tommy's Midwife

    • By Kellie (not verified) on 13 Oct 2018 - 01:38

      In June 2017 I suffered from a right tubal ectopic, myself and my partner had been ttc for 3 years but due to infertility I couldn't get pregnant. In May 2017 I had a follicle tracking scan and found I was ovulating. On the 23rd June I started bleeding and had a severe pain in my stomach as I was at work I tried to. Ignore it. When I got home I'd done a test to see if I was pregnant and the test was positive so I call the hospital for advise. Upon arrival the Dr checked me over and said it was nothing to worry about it was just implantation bleeding sent home on rest. On Sunday 25th June I woke up to the worst pain I had ever experienced sharp stabbing pain in my right shoulder and under arm, chest pain and lower abdominal pain. By the time I got to the hospital I was bleeding heavily and it was confirmed by scan I had an ectopic pregnancy in my tube. My whole world fell apart, I stayed in over night and was give 2x shots of methotrexate and was sent home. I still today cannot get past the fear of it happening again, the slightest pain in my abdominal area, shoulder or any type of bleed scares the life out of me, my hair has fallen out due to the anxiety of going threw the heart ache of trying for another baby. How do I move forward I've had several appointments at the Dr's who have never referred me to counselling. I feel so lost and isolated it's not a topic I bring up around family because they have all had healthy pregnancies and it's a topic they don't want to discuss. How do I move forward in trying for another baby, how do I shake this fear of pain away.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Oct 2018 - 16:36

      Dear Kellie,
      I am so sorry to hear what you have been through, and it definitely sounds like you need some support at this time. Is there a reason why the doctors have not referred you for counselling?
      If you are happy to do so, then please do email us: [email protected] so we can chat with you further and see if we can support you to access some support depending on where about you live.
      Take care, Tommy's midwife

    • By Louise Zeniou (not verified) on 25 Oct 2018 - 22:56

      Hi Kellie

      I am so sorry for your loss, I also have had an Ectopic pregnancy and was not offered counselling at the time, but help is available.

      I am the Partnership Director at Lighthouses Therapy Services , we are running our next fully funded counselling retreat for Pregnancy loss and Baby loss in November, if this is something you would like more information about please email me at [email protected] or contact on Twitter @lighthousesLTS

      Sending you our warmest thoughts

      The Lighthouses Team

    • By Beth (not verified) on 30 Sep 2018 - 16:45


      I had an ectopic Pregnancy a year ago after IVF treatment, I ended up with an emergency op at 7 weeks, lost my left tube, both babies and blood in groin. I just wanted to leave some further info on the symptoms as I had as they differ from the one's always given & was missed by my GP which could have been fatal!
      In addition to symptoms above I knew something was wrong when i started having sharp pain in my chest, similar to heartburn, I thought i was having a heart attack! I didn't have the lower ab or shoulder pain. I did have brown bleeding, weakness, dizziness, hot and clamy. It did't go and I was doubled up and struggling to breathe. Please follow your instincts when you know something isn't right and visit your local NHS EPU for a scan. It can save a life! The aftermath of dealing with the loss and removal of the longed for pregnancy was just awful & heartbreaking. I received no follow up or counselling - it's been the worst year trying to get back to me.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Oct 2018 - 15:54

      You are quite right in that symptoms rarely conform to the expectations. So glad you followed your instinct and we hope that you are recovering. Take good care of yourself and call us if we can help to support you. 0800 0147 800.

    • By T (not verified) on 28 Jul 2019 - 13:22

      Hi there it's a year on nearly to the day after being told I was having a ectopic and had to be rushed to theatre to have my right tube removed. Heartbreaking as me and hubby have been trying for over 6 years and do no qualify for IVF as he has a child from a previous relationship. I feel similar symptoms like cramping on one side but finished my period on 13th july. I don't know if it's all in my head or if this is my body remembering the process of last year. I am petrified of this happening again and was wondering if anyone has had symptoms around the same time it happened a year on. X

    • By Jo (not verified) on 24 Aug 2018 - 19:21

      Hi, I just wanted to post as these pages really helped me with questions and my feelings when I was searching .
      In 2014 I had an ectopic pregnancy in my right tube the pregnancy was removed and my tube was saved, the following year I had a healthy baby boy. Bring us to 2018 i had an early miscarriage at the start of the year, pregnancy was in the right place so not ectopic but unfortunately was early miscarriage, I am now pregnant again (early stages) , i have pains on my right side and this us due to scarring from ectopic pregnancy, but i have seen baby's heartbeat so it is amazing. I just wanted to let people know there is hope after an ectopic pregnancy as when I went through it I thought that would be it for me.
      Good luck to everyone!!

    • By Thembie (not verified) on 2 Apr 2019 - 07:28

      Eish l dont know where to start l fell the pain in my left side of the womb can it be ectopic pregnancy lm scared

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Apr 2019 - 16:00

      Hi Thembie
      If you are worried about pain and whether this is an ectopic pregnancy, please contact your Doctor or Early Pregnancy Unit for urgent advice. if you have severe abdominal pain, heavy bleeding, pain in your shoulder tips, are feeling faint or dizzy then you should go to your local A&E for urgent assessment

    • By Pate1es (not verified) on 27 Jun 2018 - 19:21

      Recently I found out the happy news that I was 6 weeks pregnant. After having some unusual bleeding I decided to get it checked out. After various scans and tests it so happened that I was having an ectopic pregnancy. This has resulted in the removal of my left fallopian tube.

      It was unexpected and completely shocking, there was barley time for me to digest and understand what was happening or about to happen to me at the time. I was admitted to hospital on Monday and went in to surgery for a Laparoscopy on Tuesday.

      I’m now in the process of recovery and am left with a mix of feelings. The pregnancy it self was in its very early stages so I accepted there could be risks and as such I remained cautious and didn’t allow myself to get so invested in what this would become. I’m at this time more stunned and scared having lost my left fallopian tube forever.

      I accept now that this surgery had to happen for my own safety as it would have become life threatening.

      This now means that my chances of getting successfully pregnant again has reduced significantly - 65%. This is incredibly upsetting but all I can do at this time is remain hopeful about the future. I have read various success stories which have been a a great source of comfort. Is there anyone who can share similar experiences and reassurance about timeframes for trying again plus examples of successful pregnancies after the loss of a tube?

      I’m fearful that I’m 36 now with no children and fully aware that time is running out. I hate that this has happened to me, it never occurred to me that it could but I accept it has. All I can do is hope and pray I’m able to have a family in the future.

      This is all still a big shock so I would appreciate any support or advice from those in a similar situation.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jun 2018 - 09:55

      Hi,
      I am so sorry to hear what you are going through and the rollercoaster of emotions that you are feeling. I understand that you are look for stories from others for hope and support which is great (The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust has a forum which may also be helpful for you) however if you would like support from us then please do not hesitate to be in touch, you can contact us via [email protected] Monday to Friday 9-5pm.
      Wishing you all the very best,
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Robyn (not verified) on 20 Jun 2018 - 11:16

      Hi I would like to find out, I had an ectopic pregnancy Jan2017 and it burst to my entire right tube was taken out. then 8 months later I had a 2nd ectopic pregnancy on the other side they managed to milk it out and save my tube. I think I may be pregnant now. its still early days, what are my chances? I smoke and Drink loads of coffee which yes I know I need to stop. can this affect my tube at all. is there a way I can make sure that my fertilised egg goes through my tube

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Jun 2018 - 13:55

      Dear Robyn,
      It is difficult to know exactly what may happen, you are a little bit more likely to have another ectopic pregnancy as you have had two before but this does not mean that you can not have a healthy pregnancy. As you have mention you smoke are away you know you need to quit, this does increase your risk of ectopic pregnancy, are you getting any support for this? Do speak with your GP if not and get the support you need to stop. Caffeine also increases the risk of miscarriage so see if you can switch to de-caffeinated coffee instead. Both these things will help with your chances of a health pregnancy. Do see your GP as soon as you are ready so they can organise an early scan for you to see where your pregnancy is.
      Best wishes
      Tommy's midwife

    • By Clare (not verified) on 3 Apr 2018 - 13:31

      I had an ectopic pregnancy April 2017 which resulted in removal of my right tube. If there was a problem with my left tube would the doctors be able to see when they took my right tube away.

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Apr 2018 - 11:31

      Hi Clare,
      If there was any concern about your left tube then the doctors should have informed you of this, however depending on what may have caused your ectopic pregnancy (often an unknown) then they may not check. It maybe worth for you to speak with your GP to review your medical notes before trying for another pregnancy.
      Best wishes, Tommy's midwives x

    • By Claire (not verified) on 5 Mar 2018 - 01:21

      Good evening all,
      5 years ago i suffered 2 tubal ectopic pregnancies in the space of 8 months. Both tubes are still intact, with no blockages.
      First one was managed by methotrexate. The 2nd one was managed by expectant management.
      Now. 5 years on i want to try to conceive again via AI from May.
      I used to smoke before 2013 but in 2014 i quit smoking via cold turkey.
      I do believe that smoking played a part in the ectopics, aswell an infection due to ici insemination procedure.
      Now what is the likeyhood of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy now after 5 years? I am nervous and scared.
      Also can the damage to my tubes be reversed (if there was any damage due to smoking)
      I did have a hsg test done in 2014 and this came out normal
      Thanks in advance

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