How We Can Help

We are here for you

At the EPT, many of us have been through the physical and emotional trauma of ectopic pregnancy so we understand and empathise with a lot of how you and your loved ones may be feeling right now. You may be feeling lonely, confused, and overwhelmed. You may have questions about the experience and what may be ahead, physically and emotionally. We are here to support you.

How we can help: Support explained

Support services that really help

We strongly believe that talking about your experience and your emotions can help you to process what has happened. The EPT’s support services can help you to voice your emotions and begin the path to healing. Many people find that talking to someone who has been through a similar experience in a safe, supportive environment provides comfort and reassurance.

Our support services are available to anyone who has experienced an ectopic pregnancy as well as partners and wider family members and friends. 

While we are unable to provide medical advice, we offer support from others who have been through a similar experience.

I have found this site really helpful, and it has been a blessing to speak to people who really understand what you are going through and feeling. As much as family and friends try and help, I think the feelings we have can only be understood if you have been through this. I found it helped because you realise that any of the feelings you have are normal and lots of people have had the same. You are not alone; we are all here when you need us.
- A woman we supported

How we can help: Support explained (BSL version)

Discussion forums

We have medically overseen and moderated busy discussion forums enabling anyone who suspects they are having, or have had an ectopic pregnancy, easy access to information about the condition and a community of support. The forums also provide for those preparing for pregnancy, those who are pregnant after ectopic pregnancy, those taking alternative routes to parenthood and spaces for men and members of the LGBTQ+ communities.

The discussion forums provide a private space to reach out to others and read other people’s posts. For confidentiality, you can register with a username and express yourself in a safe environment away from social media platforms.

The forums have been such an amazing resource. I have spent yesterday and this morning looking through everything and it is so reassuring to know that everyone is feeling the same and it's not just me who is in this position.
- A forum participant

A confidential community that helps you feel less alone

Through this confidential online community, you can connect with others and share experiences. It can help to know that your feelings are not unusual because others often express similar thoughts. Knowing the feelings are normal and expected and that you are not alone can relieve pressure and can help to make things feel a little easier to cope with.

Posting and offering support to others can help both you and those with whom you are chatting. Sharing stories can help to get things off your chest and can provide a positive feeling from helping someone else feel better. When people can say ‘yes I felt that too’ it can bring a huge sense of relief.

Telephone support line - call-back service

Our telephone support is available if you feel you need to talk one-to-one to a sympathetic and understanding ear about your experience or to ask any questions. Support calls are available to anyone that has been affected by ectopic pregnancy and can be arranged one-to-one, jointly as a couple or with a trusted support. We provide a flexible call-back service and will get in touch to arrange a call at a convenient time.

If you are located in the UK, you can request a call-back by leaving your details on the support line number 020 7733 2653, by emailing helpline@ectopic.org.uk, or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.

*When requesting a call-back, you will be asked to provide your email address and mobile phone number so that we can get in touch with you. These details will be used by a support team member to contact you via text message or email to arrange a mutually convenient time for a call. If there are any issues with receiving text messages, please leave your email address only.

These details will be used by a support team member to contact you via text message or email to arrange a mutually convenient time for a call.

If there are any issues with receiving text messages, please leave your email address only.

We aim to be in touch as quickly as we can, usually within 24-48 hours during the working week.

I can recommend calling the EPT helpline if you need someone to talk to who really understands what you’ve been through. I’ve had some good support from family and friends, but nothing beats coming on here or the time I rang the help line. They just get it like other people can’t. It’s so nice to find a place where people do understand how it feels.
- A call back support recipient

Request a call back

If you are located in the UK, you can request a call-back by completing the form on our Contact Us page.

We are not an emergency service

If you are experiencing symptoms or signs of infection following treatment, have a medical concern or feel you need to speak with someone urgently, please contact your doctor or health care provider. You can call the NHS 111 service by dialling 111, contact your out-of-hours doctors’ service or your normal doctors’ surgery, or call or visit your local Accident and Emergency department (A&E).

Find your nearest Accident and Emergency department

The Samaritans offers a 24-hour service in the UK, if you are distressed and need to speak with someone immediately.

I called you guys whilst curled up in a ball on my kitchen floor where I had been for hours. I screamed down the phone at one point, I have no recollection of what I said or who I spoke to, but I remember that by the end of the call, I was standing up.
- A call back support recipient

Email support

We try to answer questions that you may have within the information pages on the website, or you may find that someone has asked on the forum. If you have an unanswered question, you can email us at ept@ectopic.org.uk.

Thank you so much for replying to me! I just burst into tears reading your kind thoughts and wishes... It’s such a confusing, emotional thing to go through I also feel like people around me don’t really understand how I feel so it’s a nice feeling to know that you ladies understand this horrible part of our lives that we have no choice over.
- An email support recipient

Virtual face-to-face support group

Our virtual support means you can speak to others face-to-face from the comfort of your own home using a Zoom link. We offer individual and group sessions. So that the group is small enough for everyone to be heard, spaces are limited to five participants (plus two hosts) per session.

If you would like to request an individual session or participate in a group session, please email ept@ectopic.org.uk.

Live chat through Skype

Accessing online chat is simple and convenient, enabling written (typed) conversation in real-time.  It is delivered through Skype, which you can access via an app on your phone, in real-time.

If you would like to request an individual session or participate in a group session, please email us at ept@ectopic.org.uk.

Treatment leaflets

Download our free leaflets. Produced in consultation with doctors, nurses, and people with lived experience of ectopic pregnancy, each leaflet contains information about the relevant treatment method and what to expect during the recovery process.

If you are based in the UK and would like to receive copies by post, please email leaflets@ectopic.org.uk with your name and address.

If you have been treated at a hospital, please let us know which one – we can confidentially get in touch with the hospital unit to offer these leaflets free of charge for them to give to anyone who has a possible ectopic pregnancy or been diagnosed with the condition.

I recently experienced an ectopic pregnancy and was provided with your leaflets in hospital explaining my choices and I cannot tell you how much those leaflets meant to me and how well put and easy to understanding they were. At such a devastating and upsetting time, they provided clear but thorough information...I knew I had your leaflets and your support.
- A woman we supported

We can support you in your first language

If your first language is not English and you are based in the UK, we can work with a professional interpreter to assist.

Please note: service is available to UK-based callers.

Supporting those with hearing difficulties

We can support you if you are a Deaf or hearing-impaired person or have difficulty hearing or speaking. See below for details or click below to email support

Using Live Chat (typed messages)

We can arrange a Live Chat session using typed messages through Skype.

Using Relay UK

This service is like a three-way call with conversation sent to you by text that you read on-screen. You can use Relay UK through an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, or through textphone, by dialling a prefix before the phone number, when the person you are calling answers, the Relay Assistant will introduce the call and type the other person’s response to you. You can then type your reply or, if you are able to speak, talk through the phone as you would normally.

You can download the app and link with your phone number to make calls now.

Working alongside a BSL interpreter

This service is like a three-way call with conversation conveyed to you by a British Sign Language interpreter on-screen. We can work alongside a professional interpreter known to you for your comfort or can arrange this with SignVideo.

If you would like to access our services in one of the above ways, please get in touch by completing the form below.

Alternatively, you can call us in BSL using SignVideo or send a text message to 07537416085, letting us know your needs and a member of the support team will get in touch.

We can support you if you are a Blind or visually-impaired person

The Royal National Institute of Blind People states that some screen reading software can be available free of charge. A screen reader is designed for computer, laptop, smartphone and tablet users who have little or no useful vision. It can be downloaded from specific websites or is built into an operating system. This can help to access the content on our website.

https://www.rnib.org.uk/sight-loss-advice/technology-and-useful-products/technology-resource-hub-latest-facts-tips-and-guides/screen-reading-software

We can arrange a support line call and read sections of the website and talk through any questions, thoughts, and emotions that you have.

Get in touch

If you or someone you know needs support with an ectopic pregnancy, please feel free to contact us.

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