Monthly Archives: April 2012

What causes ectopic pregnancy?

We believe that pregnancies implant in the Fallopian tube because of a combination of factors: a failure of the mechanisms which move the pregnancy along the Fallopian tube into the womb and a change in the environment in the Fallopian … Continue reading

Posted in Diagnosis and treatment, New research, News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Scared of childbirth, click here…..

Are we as a generation more afraid of childbirth than our mothers and grandmothers?  Other than the wild and woolly placenta casserole brigade – just about every woman of a child bearing age is worried, or even scared of giving … Continue reading

Posted in Chat, Other women's health issues, Real life | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Caesarean section scar ectopic pregnancies – an increasing problem?

  An ectopic pregnancy is when a pregnancy develops outside the cavity of the womb. These pregnancies are usually found in the Fallopian tube, but an important minority are located in “non-tubal” places. Examples are the interstitial tube where the … Continue reading

Posted in Diagnosis, Diagnosis and treatment, Media stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How are tubal ectopic pregnancies treated?

  Like people, every ectopic pregnancy is different and so not all treatments are appropriate for all ectopic pregnancies. In general terms the treatment can be divided into three approaches: Expectant management where no treatment is given and we wait … Continue reading

Posted in Diagnosis, Diagnosis and treatment, News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

When speaking to patients the term “ectopic pregnancy” is known to most of them – although they are not always clear on exactly what it is. The diagram on the left is a schematic of the uterus, tubes and ovaries. … Continue reading

Posted in Diagnosis, Diagnosis and treatment, News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I have been told I have a pregnancy of unknown location or “PUL” – what does this mean?

It is very important to understand that  ”pregnancy of unknown location” is a term used to describe a situation and is not a diagnosis. It is often shortened by doctors and nurses to the acronym “PUL” – so you may … Continue reading

Posted in Diagnosis, Diagnosis and treatment, News | Leave a comment

What a blow…..

I spent two days last week allegedly helping run an early pregnancy research meeting.  In fact, as I have explained before, having no medical knowledge other than a penchant for American medical dramas, my role is distinctly ‘back room’.  Well, … Continue reading

Posted in Chat, News, Real life | Leave a comment

Picture of the week…

Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy … Continue reading

Posted in Chat, Real life | Leave a comment

Thank you…

I spent today whizzing between two very different worlds.  One, filled with school runs, lost swimming costumes and the daily conversation about ‘why biscuits are not really suitable for breakfast – but just this once,’  (again) and the other punctuated … Continue reading

Posted in Chat, News, Real life | Leave a comment

Why do they do internal (vaginal) scans not abdominal ones?

Most scans carried out for a gynaecological indication or in early pregnancy (less than 10 weeks) are carried out using a vaginal probe and we are often asked why this is the case – why not do them abdominally and … Continue reading

Posted in Diagnosis, Diagnosis and treatment | Tagged , , | Leave a comment