With her on-again-off-again partner Gary Beadle en route to Thailand to film for another reality TV show, Ex on the Beach, Charlotte was alone and terrified when the excruciating pain first struck.
“[The pains started while] we were filming the advert for Geordie Shore: Big Birthday Battle ,” Charlotte told Heat magazine. “I thought I had a really bad period because I was bleeding and cramping – I can’t describe the pain, it was awful.
She added that it felt like she was “being stabbed in the side”.
Due to the reality TV personality’s busy schedule, Charlotte says she didn’t have time to renew her prescription of the contraceptive pill. According to doctors, her ectopic pregnancy may have been the result of taking the ‘morning after pill’ right when the 72 hour window was almost up.
“[The doctor] put me in a wheelchair and I collapsed out of it. I was fitting on the floor and it was just so scary.
“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. He said: ‘If you’d have left it any longer, you could have died.'”
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It was an event so serious that at one point Charlotte believed she’d never be able to naturally conceive on her own terms.
“I was so scared that I wasn’t going to be able to have babies. I want to have children,” she said, explaining that conceiving might be more difficult given her injury. “They reassured me that I’d still be able to have children, I’d just have to try a bit harder”.
While her relationship with Gary has always been turbulent, the 26-year-old says she truly believes things were looking up for the air. In fact, she and Gary were “the closest we’d ever been” when she was faced with one of the most traumatic events of her life.
“We’d had a couple of fall-outs, but we were the closest we’d ever been,” she told the publication, adding that after her surgery Gary assured her over the phone.
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“He said: ‘I don’t care how many fallopian tubes you’ve got.’ He was saying stupid things, like, ‘I’ll make sure I have sex with you as much as I can to get you pregnant.”
Heartbreakingly, Gary had been unfaithful to her while away filming, sleeping with a slew of contestants on EOTB, including international ‘tattoo model’ Jemma Lucy on the first night.
“I was heartbroken,” Charlotte said bluntly. “Gary’s hurt me a lot in the past, but this was a whole different type of hurt.
“We’d had a stronger connection this time around. But I thought, ‘This is it now, this isn’t forgivable.’ I could never go near him again. All the times before I knew we’d come back together somehow, but this time I knew that was it. Forever.”
Have you suffered an ectopic pregnancy? What was your experience like?