Salpingotomy or salpingectomy in tubal ectopic pregnancy: What do women prefer?

NM van Mello, F (Femke) Mol, BC Opmeer, Esther de Bekker - Grob, Marie-louise Bot, WM Ankum, BW Mol, Freddy Veen, PJ Hajenius

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There is an ongoing debate whether tubal ectopic pregnancy should be treated by salpingotomy or salpingectomy. It is unknown which treatment women prefer in view of the potentially better fertility outcome but disadvantages of salpingotomy. This study investigated women surgically treated for tubal ectopic pregnancy and subfertile women desiring pregnancy and their preferences for salpingotomy relative to salpingectomy by means of a web-based discrete choice experiment consisting of 16 choice sets. Scenarios representing salpingotomy differed in three attributes: intrauterine pregnancy (IUP) chance, risk of persistent trophoblast and risk of repeat ectopic pregnancy. An 'opt out' alternative, representing salpingectomy, was similar for every choice set. A multinomial logistic regression model was used to analyse relative importance of the attributes. This study showed that the negative effect of repeat ectopic pregnancy was 1.6 times stronger on the preference of women compared with the positive effect of the spontaneous IUP rate. For all women, the risk of persistent trophoblast was acceptable if compensated by a small rise in the spontaneous IUP rate. The conclusion was that women preferred avoiding a repeat ectopic pregnancy to a higher probability of a spontaneous IUP in the surgical treatment of tubal ectopic pregnancy. (C) 2010, Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)687-693
Number of pages7
JournalReproductive BioMedicine Online
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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