K.S. asks from Turlock, CA on April 15, 2008
Successful Preganancy After an Ectopic Pregnancy
In the middle of January, I had an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, my right fallopian tube burst and I had to have emergency surgery. The surgery was similar to C-Section where as they had to cut open my stomach and not able to do a laproscopic because of the amount of blood loss I had. The surgery consisted of removing a small piece of my uterus and a piece of my right fallopian tube thus leaving them unattached. My question is has anyone had a successful pregnancy after having a procedure such as this. The doctor says it is possible, but riskier and could end up having another ectopic pregnancy. We would like to have one more child and are trying to decide, natural or adopt? Any info or past experience would be helpful. Thank you.
C.M. answers from Sacramento on April 19, 2008
It is very possible!!! I have a girlfriend who had to have on of her overies removed with part of her fallopian tube, and now with out having to use any fertilazation drugs she now has TWIN baby girls!!!! Don't give up hope!!!
J.F. answers from Fresno on April 18, 2008
S.M. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
I had a regular pregnancy at 19, an ectopic pregnancy in my early 20's and then about 6 years later another ectopic pregnancy and lost a fallopian tube from scarring.
Almost 15 years later I have had my second child and she is healthy and strong and so am I!
I was so scared at the thought of an ectopic, but the thought of not having another child was scarier. I had a normal pregnacy and have no regrets! Natural is indeed possible I am a fact! I am 46 and have a beautiful and healthy 3 year old!
J.W. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
You may want to look into In Vitro Fertilization. It bypasses the tubes. It is expensive and not guaranteed, but it does give you a chance without the fear of an ectopic pregnancy. Talk with your doctor. Also, if you are open to it, adoption can be a beautiful choice. I did 7 IVF's and never got pregnant, then adopted our daughter only to become pregnant with our son. So I have done it all :) Adoption is a great route, guaranteed child at the other end. You have lots of choices and opportunites out there! If you need any more info please feel free to email me directly.
J.F. answers from Fresno on April 18, 2008
My daughter had the same thing 4 years ago. She has since had a health 2 year old and a 4 month old. My cousin had a tumor removed 30 years ago and then had 4 health children who are now grown and providing her with grandchildren. Just take time to heal befor the next one. Good Luck.
M.C. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
My daughter recently had a not-so-drastic experience with an ovarian cystectomy and surgery that cut the entire length of the fallopian tube to release extensive fluid. She is at risk for ectopic pregnancy on that side.
Because we alternate the side with ovulate every month, I would suggest trying to get pregnant when you ovulate on the left side.
With your situation (and my daughter's) you now have the benefit [sigh] of knowing what side you are ovulating from. Most of us don't have a clue.
Good luck, and may God be with you during this process.
T.R. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
I had the same thing almost 14 years ago. My tube did rupture and my OB Dr. Hamilton said he repaired my tube.5 months later I got pregnant. She was my 3rd and final I thought and now I have my 4th who is 2 years old! So yes it is very possible! Best of luck to you!!!
A.D. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
I have never had an ectopic preganancy, but I did find out after 2 years of trying to concieve, that I had only one working fallopian tube. The other, due to a a birth defect, had a water filled "sac" and the opening, by the ovary, was completely sealed. I had to have the tube completely removed. I was able to get pregnant a year later with the help of fertility drugs (Clomid) and insemination. It is VERY possible to get pregnant with only one fallopian tube. However, I recommend seeing a fertiltiy specialist if you want to get pregnant soon and don't have time to waste due to age, wanting a sibling close in age to your first, etc. Dr. Preston Nelson @ FPNC in San Jose is amazing!
C.A. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
Hi K., Sorry about your experiance. I had two eptopics. One post delivery about 7 years after my daughter was born in 1984, the left one. Then again in 1989. They were both life threatening and I lost the right tube. The doctor told me I would never have a child again since the odds were one in a million. In 1998 I gave birth to a healthy 7 pound boy now 10 years old. Miracle? 1 in a million? I don't know, perhaps it is a miracle. So good luck to you!
M.S. answers from San Francisco on April 16, 2008
K., I have a 10 year old daughter, I had her in 97 and in 98 I had a simular situation as well. The preganany wan unplanned and I was tons of pain which turned out to be an etopic pregnancy, and was rushed into emergeny suregery. I also loss my right tube. I after that gave my body time to heal and we got pregnant again, we loss the baby at 4 months but do to a rare water dieseas. This had nothing to do with the tube being gone. We now have another very healthy 3 year old. I had a bit of issues with this pregnany because she was so active she was thrashing around inside that they put me on early bed rest again nothing to do with the etopic situation. I say go for it. The reason I tell you about the loss/miscarriage is only to inform you it had nothing to do with the other. I wish you all the luck in the world. The more you stress though the risky ant pregnancy will be. Take care M..