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The impact of ectopic pregnancy: a 16-year follow-up study.
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PMID:  12746012     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening event that represents the loss of a pregnancy and also may have longer-term consequences for fertility. Despite this triple threat to a woman's well-being, almost no systematic research exists on the psychological impact of ectopic pregnancy. We sought to reinterview 18 women who had been interviewed 2 months following an ectopic pregnancy as part of a longitudinal study of pregnancy loss 16 years previously. Thirteen of these women responded to questions about the long-term impact of the ectopic pregnancy on their lives in the intervening years. For many of the women, the ectopic pregnancy was a traumatic experience that impaired their fertility, strained their marriages, and led to a crisis of faith. Yet, despite the trauma of the event, overall the women found ways to interpret it positively and to use it as a source of meaning in their lives.
Judith N Lasker; Lori J Toedter
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health care for women international     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0739-9332     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Care Women Int     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-14     Completed Date:  2003-06-02     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8411543     Medline TA:  Health Care Women Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-20     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Follow-Up Studies
Life Change Events*
Marriage / psychology
Nursing Methodology Research
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy, Ectopic / psychology*
Religion and Psychology
Women / psychology*
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