Reality TV star gives emotional interview on ectopic pregnancy

Charlotte Crosby, of UK reality series Geordie Shore, has shared her story on her painful ectopic pregnancy.

In an interview with Heat magazine, Charlotte Crosby spoke about how she was rushed to hospital due to an ectopic pregnancy. She said she first felt the pains while she was filming the reality show Geordie Shore: Big Birthday Battle last month.

Charlotte said, “I didn’t know what was going on and I was in so much pain. Then the X-ray showed how much damage had been caused. Because I’d left it a week, it’d torn open my fallopian tube and I was bleeding internally. The doctor told me: ‘If you’d left it any longer, you could have died.'”

She then had to undergo an emergency operation to remove the damaged fallopian tube.

The star admitted she had fears that she might not be able to have children after the procedure, but was reassured it’s still possible; it just may be harder for her in future.

What causes an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs in about 2% of all pregnancies, with a recurrence rate of 25%. “The fertilised egg implants outside the uterine cavity, usually in the fallopian tubes, and can also grow in the cervix, the ovaries or the abdominal cavity,” explains gynaecologist Dr Patricia Hawke from the Olivedale Clinic in Johannesburg. This happens because the fertilised egg is unable to work its way down the fallopian tube and into the uterus quickly enough, due to an infection or inflammation that may have partially or entirely blocked the fallopian tube. “The infection or inflammation in the tubes can result from pelvic infections like chlamydia or tuberculosis, past surgery in the area, or endometriosis,” says Patricia.

Who is at risk?

All sexually active women are at risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Factors that can contribute to its occurrence include:

  • A previous ectopic pregnancy
  • Damage to the fallopian tubes as a result of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pelvic or abdominal surgeries
  • Unsuccessful tubal litigation (sterilisation) or reversal of the procedure
  • Previous abortions
  • Women who use intrauterine contraceptives, such as the loop, are more likely to experience an ectopic pregnancy.

Symptoms

  • At first, women may experience signs and symptoms of a normal pregnancy and may only find out they have an ectopic pregnancy when they go for their first scan.
  • “If the pregnancy dies in the tube or aborts, there’ll often be recurrent pain and vaginal bleeding.
  • If the tube ruptures, there’ll be a sudden onset of pain referring into the shoulder blade.
  • You may also experience vomiting and may collapse as a result of extreme blood loss,” explains Patricia.

Also see: 10 pregnancy warning signs to look out for

Coping afterwards

Emotional healing after an ectopic pregnancy is as important as physical healing. Women are often worried that they won’t be able to have children after an ectopic pregnancy. “There’s no reason for a woman not to be potentially fertile again after an ectopic pregnancy. If her fallopian tubes weren’t removed during surgery, she should still be able to have a normal pregnancy later on.

Call your doctor immediately if you’re pregnant and are experiencing any pain or vaginal bleeding, so that it can be dealt with immediately.

Other celebs who’ve had an ectopic pregnancy

Charlotte Crosby isn’t the first celebrity to share her experience on ectopic pregnancy.  In 2009, former Atomic Kitten, Liz McClarnon, opened up about her scare and the lessons it taught her.

Singer Vanessa Carlton also shocked her fans in 2013 when she suddenly had to cancel several dates of one of her tours due to a health scare. She later revealed that it was due to her being diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. Fortunately, Vanessa’s doctors caught the condition relatively early, so she was able to have a mild dose of chemotherapy instead of surgery.

Pregnant women are encouraged to regularly visit their doctors so as to detect warning signs of ectopic pregnancy and other related complications.

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