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The Psychological Impact of Ectopic Pregnancy<br />Analysis of 400 questionnaires providing qualitative and quantitative d...
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust<br />Providing information, education and support, to those whose lives are affected by the co...
Research<br />Our questionnaire assesses many aspects of the individuals experience of an ectopic pregnancy, including dia...
How the data was gathered<br />Independent analysis of the questionnaire to identify for common trends was undertaken in 2...
Common categories identified<br />EMOTIONAL CHANGES<br />Feelings about self<br />Feelings about fertility<br />General ou...
Feelings about self<br />Depression <br />Feeling let down by their own body<br />Feeling incomplete as a woman<br />Angry...
Feelings about fertility and sexuality<br />Fear of another ectopic pregnancy<br />Fear of infertility<br />Fear of requir...
General outlook and attitude<br />Altered value of own life (more aware of own mortality)<br />Preoccupied with death<br /...
Effect on relationships with family<br />Altered feelings towards partner and sexual relationship<br />Strain on or the en...
Effects on relationships with existing children<br />Less patient with children<br />Less able to manage behaviour in chil...
Effects on work and social lifestyle<br />Depressed when friends are pregnant or have babies<br />Jealous of pregnant wome...
Most common words and phrases in the qualitative data<br />Grief (felt deeply and affecting activities of living)<br />Rel...
CONCLUSION.<br />The most significant things identified by women to improve their recovery were:<br />The need for sensiti...
Make a difference to your patients. Supply our literature<br />Contact us:<br />The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust C/o Golden Jub...
© This slideshow is copyright to The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust<br />It may be used or reproduced, without alteration by the ...
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The Psychological Impact Of Ectopic Pregnancy

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The Psychological Impact Of Ectopic Pregnancy

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

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