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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.

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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!!!

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.
J.

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Hello,

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!

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.

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.
J.

Hi K.,

I've had four ectopics.
1) We had already been trying for over a year to get pregnant with no success. It just so happened that after a month of seeing my doctor to figure out our options, I missed my period. She confirmed I was pregnant by doing a blood test, but noticed my hCG levels were low. After several tests and an ultrasound, it was determined to be ectopic. She did laproscopic surgery and the egg had managed to pass out of my right tube so they just did a D&C.

2) Six months later, another one. This time the egg was still in my right tube and they removed 4-6 inches off the bottom of the tube.

3) About nine months later, another ectopic and my right tube burst on the way to the hospital. This egg was conceived via artificial insemination. This one could have been fatal if I had waited another hour (Hmmm, but I was in the hospital waiting for at least an hour for the x-ray tech to arrive before they could do an ultrasound and confirm it was an ectopic. Despite my moaning and telling them I knew it as an ectopic, they couldn't do a thing until the tech confirmed it). They started with laproscopic surgery, then had to open me up too because I had about 2 liters of blood in me and it had already coagulated. The doctor removed my entire right tube.

I had two hysterosalpingograms (dye tests) for both my tubes after the first and second ectopics, and they could not figure out why I was having them since I had no blockage or scarring of any kind, nor any of the usual causes for it.

At this point, my husband and I decided to do in vitro in order to bypass my tubes. I became pregnant on the first try and had my daughter. I was going to have my left tube removed, but chickened out two days before the surgery in the hopes that we could actually have another child "naturally". My doctor told me that we would just have to monitor me carefully if I even thought I was pregnant.

Eight months after my first child was born, I was pregnant with my second child. I thought for sure it was another ectopic, but an ultrasound confirmed the heartbeat was in my uterus, and 8 months later, I had my boy.

When my children were 6 and 5, I had my fourth ectopic. This time, I had the doctor remove my left tube.

Sorry for the long response, but it is possible for you to have more than one ectopic despite the fact that your tube may be clear when they run tests. It is also possible to conceive and have the egg get to the right place. You just need to make sure your doctor monitors you carefully.

Best of luck!

A.

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.

My procedures were not exactly like yours, but maybe telling you mine experience may help. 21 years ago I found out I had an ectopic pregnancy when I had severe lower abdominal pain, and found out I was pregnant and it was in my fallopian tube and about to burst. So I had emergency surgery where they cut open my stomach, my tube was blocked but don't remember them saying they had to cut off a piece of it. Then 6 months later, I had a positive pregancy test, went to doctor to see if it was a viable pregnancy or in tube, and yes it was another tubal pregnancy, but it was in the other tube this time. Operating procedure was the same. So after I recovered I went and had laproscopic test on fallopian tubes, and results said both tubes were blocked by scar tissue.
Consulted with my doctor about results and he told me that I would never be able to have a baby naturally. I asked him if there was any chance at all, and he said he didn't want to say positively no chance, but less that a 5% chance.
Well, one year later after my periods being very inconsistent because of the 2 surgeries, I started feeling different, and went for a pregnancy test, positive again, asked doctor to check if in right place this time. She came back with "oh it's in the right place, baby is in the uterus, about 4 months along, would you like to hear the heartbeat! So yes, I have a 20 year old son that I delivered naturally and was a true blessing, considering condition of my tubes. But God had plans for me that doctors didn't believe could happen.
One thing I would ask is for doctors to test condition of other fallopian tube. And if you ever think you may be pregnant, definitely go right away to see it's in the tube or uterus right away before it burst.
Hoping my story helps.

K.,

I'm sorry for your loss. I also had an ectopic pregnancy rupture, and I know it is a frightening, painful and sad experience. It sounds like mine was not bad as yours, as I had laporascopic surgery and it was near the end og my tube so it did not have to be removed or detached from my uterus.

That was in Nov of '05, and I'm holding my 6 month old little girl as I type this. So yes, you can have children after. My doctor said there was an increased chance of a repeat ectopic pregnancy after having one. I believe she said I had an 85% chance of a normal, healthy pregnancy, and a 15% chance of repeat. (Normal population chance of ectopic pregnancy, if I remember correctly, is 2%). We were fortunate and fell in the 85% of the statistics, and I was lucky enough to concieve as soon as my Dr felt it was safe to do so. My mother-in-law also had an ectopic pregnancy, and then had a child after recovery. In her case, she had a surgery more like yours, although I do not know if her uterus was involved.

My Doctor was very much on top of my pregnancy after the ectopic to make sure everything was going the way it was supposed to. She saw me immediately when I had a positive home pregnancy test (the next day), and had me do blood draws every other day to track my HCG levels and ensure they were increasing at the correct rate, and we did weekly ultrasounds until she was able to confirm a pregnancy in the uterus (around 5 to 6 weeks).

With that kind of care, I felt confidant that we would catch a repeat ectopic pregnancy before it ruptured. And, I'm sure you'll be more sensitive to any kind of discomfort as I was. I had one "emergency" appointment, when I had severe pain in the middle of the night, and saw my Dr the next morning to get an ultrasound and see that everything was fine.

I wish you luck, and hope you have a new baby to love in the near future.

A.

Hi K.,
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!!!

Hi K.,
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!

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!
Tina

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..

I have a friend who had a serious tubal pregnancy. She had 3 more kids without problems afterward. I don't know how close she had to be monitored through her pregnancy, but I wouldn't let that stop me from having your own unless your health is generally fragile in the first place. Our bodies are amazing creations!
Good luck!
K

My mother had all four of her kids (including a set of twins) after an ectopic pregancy and emergency surgery! This was 20+ years ago so I assume things have progressed medically since then. Best of luck

That happened to me as a young woman and I have gone on to have 3 healthly children.
The scars hurt for a long time and I was very scarred they would be horrible in the 1st pregnancy but I was fine - actually it was the laperocopy scar that hurt the most - I also had a 'bikini C section' type scar.

Good Luck,

R.

I had a similar ectopic episode over 25 years ago and I was told that it would not be a problem to get pregnant again. The MD explained, that women alternate ovulation each month, from the left to right Fallopian tube. If your right tube is unattached, the egg will still be released from that ovary and can potentially migrate to the other side. That what told to me over 25 years ago and I'm not certain if that reasoning holds true now. I will say that it took me 7 months to get pregnant with my first (I was 37 years old) but only one month to bring my second in to this world. So, I had no problem having children with only one tube. Remain positive and optimistic and I'm hopeful you'll get pregnant with your second. Good luck!

PS The doctors do say the risk is higher for another ectopic pregnancy in our cases, probably because they don't know what caused the tubal scarring/blockage in the first place. I have never talked to anyone, however, who has had a second ectopic. I wouldn't let the doctors deter you.

Hello K.,
I had a similar experience. My husband and I had tried unsuccessfully for 8 years to have a child. Well, finally it happened, unfortunately it was an ectopic pregnancy. We were both devastated. Due to complications,I had to have my left fallopian tube removed. I was afraid that I would not be able to conceive with just one remaining fallopian tube. It had been difficult with two functioning fallopian tubes what would my chances be with one. Guess what, two months after the surgery I found myself pregnant with the joy of my life, my son. Hang in there miracles do happen.

Absolutely it's possible to have another child, I had my son in 1992 after the same surgery in 1990 and at 42 just had a baby girl this past October. Even though you are in a "riskier" category to have another ectopic pregnancy that does not make it impossible to have a normal pregnancy (and delivery). Nature can always find a way. Even though you only have 1 tube now you may find that you now ovulate every month from the same side. That is what happened to me. When I got pregnant this last time my doctor immediately ordered an ultrasound to make sure the baby was in the right place and not in the tube. For me the experience of pregnancy seemed even safer this last time because I was so closely checked throughout. So keep the faith and don't give up on the hope of another baby. Good luck and God bless.

Hi K.,
First I want to say that I'm sorry for your ordeal. I had an ectopic pregnancy in Dec. 2004. My tube didnt burst but the doctors told my that it was very close. They didnt have to remove the tube or anything but I was also told that it is riskier sense there is scar tissue and the fact that I've had that ectopic. I got pregnant again with my oldest daughter just 9 months after my ordeal and when she was 6 months old I got pregnant with my second daughter. AS soon as I found out that I was pregnant (with both my girls) I went in to get an ultrasound to make sure things were fine. My doctors office usualy dont start seeing patients until there about 8 weeks or so, but I kept bothering them until I got in. And it turns out that they were understanding. So if you want to try for another be careful and if you think something may not be right or you just want some peace of mind ask for an ultrasound.
Good Luck and Best Wishes

I was looking into In Vitro because I was told I had two blocked fallopian tubes. I had a laporoscopy done to see if they could open my tubes. They had to remove my left tube. I was left with one tube. They tried to open it and were not successful. The doctor told me I would not be able to get pregnant because my only remaining tube was also blocked. I was going to do IVF which bypasses the tubes. I made the IVF appt. immediately. Before I could have my period again or make it to my IVF appt. I was already pregnant. I got pregnant with one tube a blocked tube at that. Never say never! Give it time and if worse comes to worse you can do IVF.

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!!!

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