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Bleeding and abdominal pain in early pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding and or pain in early pregnancy are common and don’t always mean there is a problem. However, it may be a warning sign of a miscarriage or other early pregnancy problems ... read more

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Conservative Management of Miscarriage

The process of a miscarriage will vary depending on the size of the pregnancy and the findings of the ultrasound scan. It can be very difficult to predict what will happen. It may take a few days to several weeks for the miscarriage to start. It is not uncommon for the bleeding to last up to 2-3 weeks when the miscarriage starts ... read more

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Early Pregnancy Unit

Your doctor has requested that you attend this Assessment Unit because a problem has arisen during the early stages (first 12 weeks) of your pregnancy.

This is an emergency service for women referred by their GP, midwife, A& E or healthcare professionals with pain and /or vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy.

The aims of the unit are to offer help and assistance with the pregnancy related problem you are experiencing ... read more

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Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that develops outside the lining (endometrium) of the womb (uterus). Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube ... read more

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How to recover quickly from a laparoscopy

A laparoscopy (also known as keyhole surgery) is performed under a general anaesthetic. 3-4 half to one centimetre cuts are made in the abdomen which allows your surgeon to insert a small telescope so that he can see inside your abdomen and your reproductive organs directly. Your abdomen will be filled with gas to allow us some space to gain a clear picture and if necessary to treat any problems as agreed with you before your operation. Before you agree to surgery and sign your consent a surgeon will discuss what is planned (This is called an informed consent).

At the end of surgery as much gas as possible is released from the abdominal cavity and the incisions are closed ... read more

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Outpatient Medical Management of Miscarriage

We are sorry that your scan has shown that your pregnancy has ended and a diagnosis of a miscarriage has been made. Sadly, about one in four women lose their baby in early pregnancy. It may be that you have had very few or no symptoms at all, such as bleeding or pain, but this is not unusual in some types of miscarriage and you will have been given verbal information on how this treatment works and what to expect. This written information is for you to take home, please keep it somewhere safe, as you may want to look at it over the next few weeks ... read more

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Pregnancy of Unknown Location (PoUL)

A pregnancy of unknown location means that you are pregnant but your pregnancy cannot be seen on a transvaginal ultrasound scan ... read more

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Surgical Management of Miscarriage

Surgical management of miscarriage (SMM) is the medical term for removing any parts of your pregnancy that may remain in your womb following a miscarriage. This may include a small fetus, the pregnancy sac, placenta or tissue mixed with blood clots. This involves being admitted to hospital, usually the Day Surgery Unit, for part of the day ... read more

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Use of Methotrexate in Ectopic Pregnancy

You have been recommended this as a form of management of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy growing outside the womb that poses significant threat to the mother’s life if it continues to grow. Methotrexate will stop the pregnancy cells from dividing which prevents the pregnancy from growing, reducing the risk of bleeding internally or rupturing the fallopian tube ... read more