Charlotte Crosby has opened up about her ectopic pregnancy, saying she has ‘waves of depression’ and ‘could have actually died’ as a result of the condition.
The reality TV star suffered an ectopic pregnancy in April last year, after splitting from boyfriend Gaz Beadle.
After initially thinking the pain was caused by a ‘really bad period’, Charlotte was rushed to hospital where doctors removed one of her fallopian tubes.
A year after the traumatic experience, Charlotte has revealed she still has ‘waves of depression’ because of it and that she’s seen a psychiatrist to deal with what happened.
Writing about the tragic experience in her latest autobiography, Brand New Me, Charlotte wrote: ‘Ever since the pregnancy I’ve been speaking to a psychiatrist about what I’ve had to go through.
‘I keep going through waves of depression. I’ve felt sad before, and I’ve been heartbroken and I’ve been stressed and I’ve thought I was a little bit depressed at times; but this is all of those feelings jumbled together times a hundred.’
Explaining how serious the condition is, the former Geordie Shore star said that if left untreated it could have been fatal.
‘The gynaecologist said, “It’s so dangerous. If you’d have left it any longer there’s a chance that you could actually have died”‘, she wrote.
But despite the ectopic pregnancy, doctors have assured Charlotte, who’s now in a happy relationship with former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Stephen Bear, that she’s still able to have children.
The first time Charlotte publicly spoke about her ectopic pregnancy was in an emotional video interview with heat magazine, where she described how it felt like she was ‘being stabbed in the side’.
‘I thought I had a really bad period because I was bleeding and cramping – I can’t describe the pain, it was awful.
‘I didn’t know what the hell was going on and I was in so much pain. Then the X-ray showed how much damage had been caused. Because I’d left it a week, it’d torn open my fallopian tube and I was bleeding internally.’
According to the NHS, an ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. Sadly, it’s not possible to save the pregnancy if this occurs.