After an ectopic pregnancy - Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a major event in anyone’s life.

You may feel a range of emotions as you try to come to terms with the loss of a baby.

You may also feel anxiety about future pregnancies and about your health.

Emotions after an ectopic pregnancy

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.

Try to remember that your pregnancy:

  • could not have developed into a baby
  • could not have continued without causing a risk to your life

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.

Non-urgent advice: 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.

Read more about coping with difficult situations

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. This is 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 your womb.

Contraception after an ectopic pregnancy

If you do not 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 midwife who specialises in bereavement and loss. Ask your medical team about the support available.

You can also get support from:

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Page last reviewed: 4 February 2022
Next review due: 4 February 2025