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Old Mar 18th, 2016, 18:30 PM   1
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TTC - ectopic survivor - one tube!


Hi everyone! It has been a long time since I have been in this forum. Although my loss has not been recent, it was devastating. I have a journal if anyone else shares a similar story and would like to read it. In short, I had an ectopic pregnancy in September of 2011. I almost died and did lose my right tube in the process. By a miracle I did get pregnant a month later with a healthy girl who is now going on 4 years old! I have another daughter who is going on 8. We decided to give it one last go for a boy (but a healthy baby would be fine too). I am concerned because I am older now, do have one tube, and there is always the risk of another ectopic. I posted in the one tubers forum but seems it is not very active anymore. I just wanted to say hello to anyone else out there who has experienced an ectopic, losing a tube, or a loss in general. I wish all of you the best of luck in your TTC journey!



 
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Old Mar 19th, 2016, 23:04 PM   2
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Hey Breakingdawn, I posted in the one tubers area too but this might be the better place since that's not as active anymore. But best wishes on your journey. I lost my left tube in April 2009 after an ectopic pregnancy. It was a very tramatic experience for me as well since I was sent home from the hospital after my tube had ruptured because they misread my ultrasound. They called me back the next day and rushed me into surgery but it was quite the ordeal. We definetly weren't ready to TTC yet and waited about 3 years. Nothing has happened since then and a recent HSG test showed my other tube is likely blocked from scar tissue. Now I'm mad I waited so long but can't do anything but move forward. Likely to IVF. My RE appointment isn't until May. In the meantime we are still trying but I'm not really hopeful.

But I'd love to follow you and wish you lots of success. Looks like you have a great track record with only having one tube. So hopefully it doesn't take very long.



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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 13:01 PM   3
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Mine was also very traumatic. I knew from the beginning it was an ectopic but no one believed me. :. My hcg was just never right and I kept having pain on my right side. Sadly when they found out after a dnc and methotrexate it was too late. My tube ruptured, I had internal bleeding, and it was an emergency surgery on labor day weekend. I do still worry about scar tissue being on my other tube now since it has been a while since I had my last daughter. I am trying not to over think anything, especially since we just started trying again. I am definitely a little nervous. I would love to follow your journey, feel free to post here and keep me updated! Maybe we can find some other ladies in the same boat.



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 15:13 PM   4
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Hi ladies...
My ectopic was oct 2014 and was quite traumatic too...was told it was a miscarriage- nothing seen on Ultrasound but so much pain on my right side and HCG not going down. 3 weeks later of HCG monitoring and awful on/off pain they decided to operate and found internal bleeding and a twisted up tube which they removed. And to think the doctor said it was pain from constipation caused by the pain killers I had been popping! They would not listen until I was lucky and saw a different doctor!

Fast forward and we've been TTC but no luck (I also have PCOS which complicates things). A HCG this January showed my remaining tube looks clear. So the next step for us is clomid.

Breaking dawn how encouraging that you got pregnant a month after tube removal! I didn't think you were allowed to TTC so soon after having methotrexate? If you're worried about scar tissue could you ask for a HSG.

Bronteforever I certainly understand you waiting to TTC. Its taken a while for me to get over it too..not just losing the baby but the whole ordeal of having the ectopic diagnosed and treated.

Good luck ladies and happy trying!



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 15:47 PM   5
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Hey there! Fortunately methotrexate had no effects whatsoever. We actually were not even TTC that month. I wasn't charting or even really paying attention to O. It was a miracle. But she's a happy and healthy 3 year old! I think we will give it 6 months or so. If no baby luck I will try the hsg. But honestly since we already have two kids we won't go through IVF or anything substantial. This is just really a last attempt to try for a boy because we both would love one!



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 19:18 PM   6
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You'd think they'd have a better way to diagnose these by now. Goodness.

I've had bad ovulation pains for a few years which is one of the reasons they suspected scar tissue. I also just found out my ectopic was in my left tube. I was under the impression since 2009 it was in the right since that's were my scar is. Makes so much more sense with pains I've had since then. But do either of you know if it's common to enter the opposite side to get to the tube? I'm assuming that is what has led to more of my current issues.

Breaking Dawn - you might not even need an HSG test then unless you want to know. Sometimes knowing is easier than just wondering.

Hey Gi-Jane. Good thing you trusted your gut and found a new doctor. After my experience I also figured out those two things are super important! Good luck on Clomid!



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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 19:41 PM   7
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Hmm interesting. My doctor did say that despite my right tube being gone... the egg can get picked up still by the left tube?? I had no idea about that.... and honestly I never tried to google it because I figured he was pretty knowledgeable since he has been in all sorts of books/magazines for women's research in the OBGYN field! :O



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 19:58 PM   8
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Yeah my doctor said that as well Breakingdawn. I found it fascinating that it could happen that way but I guess it makes sense.

I was just meaning for surgery. Are your ladies scars from your surgery on the same side as the tube you lost?



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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 20:01 PM   9
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My scar tissue he said was on the side with my bad (right) tube. He said removing the tube removed all of the scar tissue. But what's to say my left tube does not have scar tissue now from the last c section? You know? I am trying hard not to think about it because the thought of another ectopic terrifies me. But I know my doctor would be more proactive this time and we could catch it a lot sooner so hopefully I would never have to go through what I went through again.



 
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Old Mar 20th, 2016, 20:14 PM   10
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Totally get it now! So you had scar tissue prior to your ectopic which caused it. Makes sense. Mine is the opposite. They never found any reason for it and think it just happened and I've developed all the scar tissue since my ectopic surgery itself.

It's hard not to worry. There are so many unknowns. But you've had a healthy pregnancy since then so lots of stuff are in your favor!

I wish you both success. Currently I'm hoping somehow the HSG test cleared out some of the scar tissue.



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