Ectopic Pregnancy Awareness Day 2024

Ectopic Pregnancy Awareness Day will be on 1 August 2024 and is dedicated to highlighting the 1 in 80 pregnancies that are ectopic and the experiences of those affected by the condition. We invite you to join us and there are many ways in which you and family, friends, and colleagues can get involved.

Here for anyone who needs us

We’re so sorry that you are going through a challenging time. It’s natural to feel lost when dealing with an ectopic pregnancy. We hope to ease that slightly. Medical advice from your healthcare professionals is important, and so is emotional support.

No matter your circumstances, we’re here for you.

Supporting you

There’s no easy way to say this: going through an ectopic pregnancy is often really difficult. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate the challenges, now and ahead.

How we can be here for you

Possible feelings and how to process them

You’re not alone – read others’ stories

Supporting partners

You’re probably feeling a sense of uncertainty and worry right now and that’s understandable. We are here to support you too.

What partners might want to know

Space for men to talk

Space for LGBTQ+ experiences


Supporting family

You might have other children. You might find it challenging to talk to your parents about what you are going through. It could be that your child has experienced an ectopic pregnancy. We can help you find the words you may be looking for.

Read our guidance for families



Supporting workplaces

It’s normal to feel nervous about navigating work at this time. And it’s important for employers to make the experience as safe and stress-free as possible. So, we’re around to help if you, as an employee or employer, need us.

Workplaces and ectopic pregnancy support

How to help someone going through an ectopic pregnancy

Do you or someone you know have symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

There are a few key symptoms of ectopic pregnancy which can be similar to other conditions – like miscarriage, urinary infection, or upset stomach. If you have a missed period and symptoms such as abdominal pain or unusual vaginal bleeding, it is important to get checked out. It is a good idea to do a pregnancy test. Symptoms may be nothing to worry about and you may have a "normal” pregnancy - but it is worth getting medical attention to rule out an ectopic pregnancy to be on the safe side.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants outside the cavity (“space”) of the uterus (womb). The most common place for an ectopic pregnancy is in a Fallopian tube (also occasionally called a tubal pregnancy) but there are many other sites where an ectopic pregnancy can be located, such as the ovary, cervix, abdomen, or caesarean scar. It is, sadly, not possible to move an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus.

Any woman or person who is sexually active or having fertility treatment (like IVF) is at risk of an ectopic pregnancy. There are some situations which may make a woman or person higher risk but there is often no way of knowing for sure why an ectopic pregnancy has happened in many cases.

If an ectopic pregnancy is suspected, doctors will conduct tests to confirm or rule it out. These tests include a scan called a transvaginal ultrasound scan and sometimes checking hormone levels.

Find out more about ectopic pregnancies

What are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?

Although there could be another explanation, if vaginal bleeding occurs and you have had a positive pregnancy test, it’s really important that you get it checked out. Some bleeding in early pregnancy can occur in a normal pregnancy – but still seek medical advice straight away.

Vaginal bleeding or pains in the abdomen should be investigated urgently by a medical professional as they could be signs of an ectopic pregnancy. If not diagnosed and treated quickly, it may be a life-threatening situation because of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. So don’t wait.

These signs don’t mean an ectopic pregnancy is the only outcome; it’s just better to be safe. Always seek medical advice when experiencing abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding in any trimester of pregnancy. It is ok to trust your instincts.

Read about how an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed

How is an ectopic pregnancy treated?

After diagnosis by a doctor, there are three main treatment options:

–  expectant management (watchful waiting to see if the pregnancy resolves on its own);

–  medical management with a drug called methotrexate;

–  surgery (usually a laparoscopy or keyhole surgery but sometimes a laparotomy or open surgery).

The treatment options available will depend on clinical factors such as your pregnancy hormone level (called human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG) and the extent of pain or bleeding, so follow guidance from your healthcare professional.

More about the different treatment options

We’re here to help

Support after an ectopic pregnancy

From forums to virtual support groups, we have many ways to help you. You don’t have to navigate this on your own.


We work hard to increase awareness about symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, treatment options, and recovery.


At The EPT, we pride ourselves in our contribution to ectopic pregnancy research and the medical community.

How we can help

Contact our ectopic pregnancy support line and we’ll be right with you

Fill out the form to request a call-back or Zoom group session

Complete the form and we’ll follow up with you via email

Get support from us and others who’ve been through an ectopic pregnancy

About The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The EPT provides information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as much-needed support to families affected by ectopic pregnancy and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

Support us

We exist to comfort those going through an extremely difficult time, to help them feel less alone. There are many ways that you can support The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - all of them vital and greatly appreciated:

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Giving support, giving guidance, giving comfort - give what you can, too.

We don't charge for any of our services. Help us continue driving awareness, education and support to those through diagnosis, treatment and recovery - donate to our cause now. You can donate £5 to support the much-needed resources that we provide for anyone affected by ectopic pregnancy. Every penny makes a real difference! We sincerely thank you for any donation that you are able to make.


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