Charlotte Crosby Opens Up About Her Ectopic Pregnancy To Raise Awareness
The former Geordie Shore star spoke about her experience for Fertility Month.
The Charlotte Show star, who is an ambassador for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, spoke to The Metro for Fertility Month.
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Charlotte underwent surgery to remove her fallopian tube after suffering an ectopic pregnancy in 2016 at the age of 25.
"I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know the signs, I didn’t know the symptoms, so that’s why I didn’t know what was going on with my body," she said.
Charlotte added: "I didn’t know the extremes of what could have happened until I woke up after the operation and I’d lost my left Fallopian tube and a section of my ovaries, because it had all ripped open."
The condition, which means an out-of-place pregnancy is potentially life-threatening, but is relatively common and affects one in 80 pregnancies.
It occurs when the fertilised egg implants outside the womb, often in the fallopian tube.
The continued growth of the pregnancy can cause the fallopian tube to become damaged or burst, which results in internal bleeding and extreme pain.
Recalling her experience, Charlotte said: "I was still working, I had a really busy week in work – I had photo shoots, I had personal trainer days for my DVD, I was doing Geordie Shore press, I had press for my book that was coming out. But all that week, I was experiencing those excruciating pains. For a couple of days they passed, but then they came back ten times worse."
When the pain got to the point that she could no longer ignore it, Charlotte's agent got in contact with a doctor, but they quickly realised they needed urgent medical help.
"The pain felt like my organs were being ripped open, and I knew I needed to go to hospital. At that point, I was scared. I was really scared," Charlotte revealed.
After undergoing surgery to remove her fallopian tube, the lass was told that if she'd left it much longer it could have proved fatal.
Fortunately, the chances of being able to carry a baby successfully are good after suffering an ectopic pregnancy and Charlotte has been assured that she will be able to have little radgies in the future.
"The doctor did reassure me that I would be able to have children," she said, before adding: "I can have a family as big as I want."
Charlotte has bravely opened up about her traumatic experience and is an ambassador for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, a charity who seeks to support women and their families through this difficult period of their lives.
And by speaking out, Charlotte has been pivotal to making many young women aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for.
"Charlotte works incredibly hard and she reaches a younger demographic of girls, helping them understand the signs to look out for. We got calls to the helpline from girls who believed they were going through the same thing as Charlotte," Munira Oza, director of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, said.
We have to commend Charlotte for speaking out about her personal experience in order to raise awareness for the devestating condition.
To find out more, head over to the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust's website.