Tubal Pregnancy

Updated on July 24, 2007
E.J. asks from Cincinnati, OH
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Two years ago I had a tubal pregnancy that resulted in emergency surgery that left me with only one tube. My husband and I are wanting to have another baby soon. My fear is that I will have a hard time conceiving due to only having this one tube.
Has anyone gone thru this? If so, what did you have to do to conceive? I talked with my ob/gyn and he said that I can still have more children if I wanted to, but the conversation was left at that. I just want to know at what point is it decide if you are going to need to seek fertility help?

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answers from Cincinnati on

My grandmother had a tubal pregnancy resulting in the same thing. That was her first pregnancy. She had 10 kids, all single pregnancys with no complication and no fertility help after that. The doctor did say it would be harder because you are only ovulating from one side instead of 2. She had no problems at all. Best of luck!

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answers from Cincinnati on

I had a tubal pregnancy which also resulted in emergency surgery, so I am so sorry to hear that you went through it, too. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! I'm surprised that your obgyn didn't give you more information. I only have one tube as well, but when that ovary releases an egg, the other tube will pick it up. Our reproductive organs are not perfectly aligned as they are shown in medical books with the ovaries and tubes stretched out from one side to the other. Actually, they all reside in the same place in a kind of mish-mash called the "cradle". So, you're chances of conception are still the same as before your tubal. Now, we were already receiving fertility treatments when all this happend which was even more heartbreaking. Our specialists told us that if you haven't conceived within a year of trying during your ovulation cycle, then you are considered a fertility risk and should seek help if you want. This is not a hard and fast rule. If you don't want to wait a year, you can seek help for any reason like age, or other factors, or you just don't want to wait!
Hope this helps, L.

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answers from Canton on

i too had the same thing happen a few years back. we have been trying for almost 2 years now since.....just about a year ago now, i did get pregnant, but had a miscarriage.

ever since the ectopic i had been on birth control, after going off of it though, my cycles have been very odd. i don't know if it is due to my age, the ectopic, the surgery, the birth control........when charting my ovulation, it seems to occur at day 20 of my cycles, which aren't very predictable these days. one month it will be 30 days, the next 35...and so on.......

i've got so many different stories from about every doctor i have seen. one too told me that if i ovulate on my left(where i have no tube) that it can be picked up from the right tube. then i was told that that was complete hooey! i was also told that i had no difference in the chances of getting pregnant with only one tube, then i was also told that my chances were a bit fewer........just so many different things.....i totally can't stand doctors/hospitals (that is another whole long post!!)!!!! but what choice do we have?!

i have just started seeing a fertility specialist, so hopefully soon something will happen or i will get a definite answer if this is going to happen or not. i am going to be 35 this year, so i am no longer a spring chicken!! plus my son is going to be 5 this year, so "giving" him a "playmate" is a bit mute right now.

good luck to you and keep us posted on the outcome!!



answers from Dayton on


My first pregnancy resulted in emergency surgery due to being ectopic. It was horrible, with a ton of blood tests every other day for months, misdiagnosis (OB first thought I had miscarried), and having to have a chemo drug shot into me b/c the doctor apparently didn't remove all of the fetal material during surgery.
At any rate...I went on to conceive during our first try after that, and had a healthy baby boy. My OB told me my chances of getting pregnant after the ectopic were 85%.
Don't worry, in other words!



answers from Cincinnati on

Hi E.!

Do I have a story for you! During my recent c-section delivery, it was discovered that I only have one tube and one ovary. Guess I was just born that way :) I would have had NO idea about this had I not had a c-section. Anyway, in my experience, this had NO affect on my fertility. I was married last July and conceived in August. Bouncing baby boy born in May. Good luck to you!




answers from Dayton on

it may or may not take more time to conceive, because you probably don't just ovulate from the ovary connected to the affected tube. women can ovulate from both ovaries at the same time or alternate. so, the first time you try just may be when you ovulate from the intact side. dont be discouraged if you dont conceive right away, and dont be surprised if you do!

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