After an ectopic pregnancy
Emotions after an ectopic pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy is a major event in anyone’s life. You may experience a range of emotions and you may need to come to terms with the loss of a baby. You could have anxiety about future pregnancies or with the fact that your own health or life was at risk.
There is no right or wrong way to feel after an ectopic pregnancy. You may feel up and down for several months. This is normal. Don't feel like you're ever overreacting.
Try to remember that your pregnancy couldn't have continued without causing a risk to your life, and that this pregnancy couldn't have developed into a baby.
How your partner, family and support people deal with their feelings may differ. It's important to try and support each other. Give yourselves time to grieve.
Speak to your GP if you or your partner feel that either of you is not coping well with your loss. Your GP can refer you to counselling.
How an ectopic pregnancy affects future pregnancies
After an ectopic pregnancy, most people will have a normal pregnancy in the future. This is true even if you have had a tube removed.
You do have a higher risk of having another ectopic pregnancy. But don't worry too much. This is only slightly higher (about 7% to 10%) than the risk for a woman who has never had an ectopic pregnancy (just over 1%).
If you become pregnant again, talk to your GP as soon as possible. Some doctors recommend an early ultrasound scan if you've had a previous ectopic pregnancy. This scan will confirm the pregnancy is developing in the womb.
Contraception after an ectopic pregnancy
If you don't want to become pregnant again, speak with your GP. They'll help you choose a contraceptive option.
Make sure you inform them about your recent ectopic pregnancy. Some forms of contraception are more suitable for you after an ectopic pregnancy.
Support after an ectopic pregnancy
Your GP can offer support during your physical and emotional recovery.
Your maternity hospital may offer supports such as chaplaincy or pastoral care. Some hospitals may have a clinical midwife specialist in bereavement and loss. Ask your medical team about the support available.