US soccer star Hope Solo talks miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and IVF

by pregnancy journalist

A US female football star has opened up about her miscarriage, then suffering an ectopic pregnancy, resulting in her having a fallopian tube removed

Hope Solo, 37, who is married to former NFL star, Jerramy Stevens, revealed she almost died after suffering a miscarriage, just hours before she flew to Florida to give a speech at the soccer election.

The former goalkeeper told Elle magazine she had been trying for a family for several years with no success.

A week after the miscarriage she was still in a lot of pain and it was discovered she was pregnant with twins, but one was ectopic and she had to have her fallopian tube removed as a result.

Hope said she had since started IVF and said: “The doctor said I was just hours from dying.”

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

We spoke to Clinca Tambre‘s Dr Elena Santiago who explains what happens when a woman has an ectopic pregnancy.

She said: “An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants outside the uterus. It can have different locations like the cervix, inside the fallopian tube, in the ovary or even around the abdominal cavity. In 97 per cent of cases it occur inside the fallopian tube.

“All these pregnancies can never be viable, so once the diagnosis is done, there is need to do a treatment to stop the development as soon as possible in order to avoid further complications.

“Sometimes a medical treatment with an injection of Methotrexate will be enough, but it is very important to do a correct follow up to be sure that the pregnancy is over. In other cases, there is need to do a surgery to solve an internal hemorrhaging or to finally stop the pregnancy.”

Have you experienced an ectopic pregnancy? What was your experience? We’d like to hear your story, email mystory@ivfbabble.com

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