The EPT - The charity for early pregnancy complications
Providing information, education and support to those affected and to the health professionals who care for them
The countdown to Christmas has begun!
Whether you enjoy celebrating the festive season by sending cards or by marking the occasion in another special way, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust has something for all.Read more »
On Friday 25 October, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust hosted a highly successful medical study day on early pregnancy complications at the Standard Life building in Edinburgh. Delegates attended a number of informative presentations on miscarriage, pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) and ectopic pregnancy, including presentations that considered the emotional impact of losing a baby.
At the EPT, we are huge believers in both providing support to those affected by early pregnancy complications as long as they need it. Another key aim is for the EPT to provide information and education to help women receive accurate diagnosis quicker so they have greater choice and feel more in control of what is happening to them. We believe that by doing this, it is possible to reduce the emotional trauma that women and their families have to suffer.Read more »
The UK Early Pregnancy Surveillance Service (UKEPSS) has announced that the first of its detailed studies into uncommon conditions in early pregnancy will focus on caesarean scar pregnancy. UKEPSS aims to conduct research into diagnosis of caesarean scar pregnancy, incidence, symptoms and signs, risk factors, treatment and outcomes.
Caesarean scar pregnancy is where a pregnancy is partially surrounded by myometrium (middle layer of the uterus wall) as well as fibrous tissue of the scar of a previous caesarean section. The condition is estimated to occur in 0.15% of women with a history of at least one caesarean delivery. In addition, the number of reported cases of the condition has increased over recent years, possibly reflecting the rising number of caesareans being performed and the more widespread use of transvaginal ultrasonography (“scanning”).Read more »
A panel of 15 medical experts convened by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) has recommended new steps for doctors when considering whether a pregnancy can potentially result in a liveborn baby using ultrasonography. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine by top professionals in the field, including EPT Trustee Professor Tom Bourne, would help avoid the possibility of doctors inadvertently causing harm to a potentially normal pregnancy.
Typically, ultrasonography, more commonly referred to as ‘scanning’, is one of the methods used in the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy complications like ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Techniques used in determining whether a pregnancy can potentially result in a liveborn baby include looking at the size of the embryo and size of gestational sac.
The specialists undertaking the study, from the fields of radiology, obstetrics-gynecology and emergency medicine, have reviewed the criteria that is currently used to determine whether a pregnancy is viable and have based their findings on latest medical research.Read more »
This week is National Baby Loss Awareness Week and we invite you to take part in the “Wave of Light” ceremony on 15 October at 7pm.
To commemorate the “Wave of Light”, anyone wishing to do so can light a candle and let it burn for at least an hour in remembrance of the babies and infants who have died and in support of those affected by the loss of a baby.Read more »
Researchers at The University of Edinburgh and researchers The University of Melbourne have undertaken a joint study and found that prescribing the lung cancer drug gefitinib in addition to the current drug methotrexate is more effective at helping treat an ectopic pregnancy than the conventional drug alone and could therefore reduce the need to remove the fallopian tube in a significant number of cases.
The study, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology, involved a trial of 12 women with ectopic pregnancies. Researchers now plan to run a larger trial.Read more »