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  • The Psychological Impact of Ectopic Pregnancy
    Analysis of 400 questionnaires providing qualitative and quantitative data
  • The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
    Providing information, education and support, to those whose lives are affected by the condition and to the professionals who care for them
  • Research
    Our questionnaire assesses many aspects of the individuals experience of an ectopic pregnancy, including diagnosis, symptoms and the emotional impact of the condition.
  • How the data was gathered
    Independent analysis of the questionnaire to identify for common trends was undertaken in 2004 and reviewed in 2009.
    400 of the questionnaires completed by EPT service users, who have experienced ectopic pregnancy were randomly sampled.
  • Common categories identified
    EMOTIONAL CHANGES
    Feelings about self
    Feelings about fertility
    General outlook/attitude.
    EFFECT ON FAMILY
    Feelings towards children
    Feelings towards partner/sexual relationship.
    AFFECT ON LIFESTYLE
  • Feelings about self
    Depression 
    Feeling let down by their own body
    Feeling incomplete as a woman
    Angry  with themselves for failing in some way     
    Much more tearful than usual
    Feeling unattractive
    Preoccupation with the condition and recurrence in the future
    Hatred of the visible scar
  • Feelings about fertility and sexuality
    Fear of another ectopic pregnancy
    Fear of infertility
    Fear of requiring assisted conception
    Desperate for, yet scared of future pregnancies
    Subsequent pregnancies very stressful
    Increased concern over health, especially STD’s, diet, fitness
    Hatred of sexual organs
  • General outlook and attitude
    Altered value of own life (more aware of own mortality)
    Preoccupied with death
    Less optimistic about life
    Generally more anxious/worried
    Aware of difficulties facing other women
    Feel life is worthless
  • Effect on relationships with family
    Altered feelings towards partner and sexual relationship
    Strain on or the end of relationships: With partner, children, parents, siblings.
    No libido: Sexual relationship on hold, feeling scared of intercourse
    Guilt ( I have let him/them down)
    Physical contact unwelcome (even affectionate kissing)
  • Effects on relationships with existing children
    Less patient with children
    Less able to manage behaviour in children
    Guilt about not being able to give existing children a sibling
    Guilt about being a bad mother
    Overprotective towards children
  • Effects on work and social lifestyle
    Depressed when friends are pregnant or have babies
    Jealous of pregnant women
    unable to work short and long term
    Loss of confidence
    Lack of support from friends and family due to ignorance over condition
  • Most common words and phrases in the qualitative data
    Grief (felt deeply and affecting activities of living)
    Relationships (adversely affected)
    Guilt (feeling responsible in some way)
    Anger (with self and with others)
    Depression (unable to live life normally)
    Fear of Dying (preoccupation with own and others death)
    Womanhood (feeling a loss of self and selfworth)
  • CONCLUSION.
    The most significant things identified by women to improve their recovery were:
    The need for sensitively delivered, accurate information at the point of treatment
    Greater understanding of her emotional needs among the professionals, her family and members of the general public of the condition and the longer term affects.
    Increased awareness of the condition among women of childbearing age
  • Make a difference to your patients. Supply our literature
    Contact us:
    The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust C/o Golden Jubilee Wing, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
    www.ectopic.org.uk or ept@ectopic.org.uk
    0207 733 26543
  • © This slideshow is copyright to The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
    It may be used or reproduced, without alteration by the medico nursing profession or other interested parties, for the purposes of training and education