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Old 12-28-2001, 10:54 AM   #1
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tubal pregnancy?? update

Ok- went to dr today and she said the reason for the ultrasound is because my hcg level was sorta low, so on the ultrasound they said that I have a cyst and there was no sign of pregnancy, so now I have to wait once again to find out. Has anyone had a tubal pregnancy, I know what it is, but what do you do in a result, could it effect my chances in the future?? Please help I need some advice while in waiting :*(

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Old 12-28-2001, 02:42 PM   #2
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Re: tubal pregnancy?? update

Hi there.. I had an ectopic preg. about 8 1/2 years ago, but I only found out that I was pregnant because I had excesive bleeding when I wan't due for a period and I had major pain on my left side.. My Gyn thought that it woud be a good idea to do the blood work and it came back +.. I never even thought I was preg. He told me to go home and rest with my feet up and no heavy lifting until I could get in to do an ultra sound, but if I had started bleeding any heavier to come in to the ER right away. Unfortunatly, I had to make the trip to the ER and they did an ultrasound and confirmed an Ectopic preg. Anyway, I had to have it removed by surgery and my Gyn is an excellent surgeon and he was able to repair/save the tube. Recovery went well physically, mentally it was hard. But, in my case, I had NO problem conceiving again.. Actually, when I went for my post surgery check up I told my Dr. that my boobs hurt and I felt dizzy and thought I might be preg. again. He laughed and said that it was too quick, but that he would do a blood test to be sure.. Well, I was right and have had two wonderful boys.. Though, they did treat both pregnancies as "possible" problem pregnancies and I had to have numerous ultra-sounds and bloodwork to make sure everything with those were OK.. I hope this helps and I wish you the Best of Luck!! and wish you a good New Year..

Old 01-03-2003, 03:08 PM   #3
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Re: tubal pregnancy?? update

We just came back from an ordeal that started out early this morning... My wife was confirmed pregnant this past Monday and had been spotting for the last 8 days (light, brownish). However, she didn't have any cramping and her beta & progesterone levels were good --- for 4.5 weeks into her pregnancy.

This morning was her 5/6 week Ultrasound to confirm the embryonic sac was in the right place... then boom --- our world falls apart. I saw the embryo located next to her right ovary and knew that the technician was going to be reluctant to tell us right away. We then were directed to go to the hospital right away after immediate arrangements were made. It was confirmed that is was an ectopic pregnanacy.

It was removed and the surgeon made an effort to salvage both the Ovary and Tube. However 'was only able to remove the embryo and disconnect the tube .

Although my wifes ovaries and uterus are in tact and healthy , she now has both tubes 'disconnected'. It seems as if IVF is the only viable solution for us ... after two misfortunate pregnancies (induced labor --- terminated ) and Ectopic .

If it weren't for the expensive IVF- procedure ... we would n't think twice...

Any insights on IVF and Tubal reconstruction would be greatly appreciated.

We gone thru just about 'everything' from down syndrome diagnosis, heart and bowel cogenital defects... ectopic. Please tell me what's next?

Thanks for your patience.

Old 01-04-2003, 09:25 AM   #4
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ITSMEE- I am so sorry about your loss. As for me and my DH, IVF is the only way to go for us as well. I had surgery on my tubes in Sept as they were completely blocked and filled with fluid. The dr's repaired them as best they could but said the next step is IVF. I agree with you on IVF. It is so expensive and we just do not have the money to pay for that, especially when it is not 100%. I would talk to you RE if you have one. If not it is a reproductive Endocrinologist and see how bad the tubes are, short, scarred, etc. I have heard of them stretching the tubes and reattaching them.

Again I understand the pain of them telling you IVF is the only way. I think Mich needs to take a hard look at mandating insurances to pay for IVF like some other states.

Good luck!

Old 01-06-2003, 08:04 AM   #5
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I've had 3 confirmed ectopics and will share my experiences with you.

My first ectopic was about 15 years ago. I had some mild pain in my abdomen and some spotting and went to the doc. Pregnancy test came back a low postive making it suspicious. I'm sure an ultrasound was done but I don't remember what it showed....probably nothing as I was just a few weeks pregnant. The doc did an exploratory lap and warned me that it was probably an ectopic and she may have to operate. It was and she did.....back then major surgery was the only option. She was, however, able to open the tube and remove the egg (this was a new procedure at that time) instead of having to remove the whole tube. But it was a major surgery as she cut me open from one side to the other along my pubic hair line. An HSG a few months later showed that both tubes were open after the surgery, I think.

No pregnancies at all (not trying) for the next 11 years or so. Then I got married and we started TTC. I had an early miscarriage which was never determined to be either uterine or ectopic. A few months later I got pregnant again and the ultrasound showed it to be an ectopic. I don't think I had any specific symptoms but because of my previous ectopic the ultrasound was done early to determine the location of the pregnancy. This time I was treated with Methotrexate, which stops cell reproduction and causes a miscarriage.

A few months later I was pregnant again with a uterine pregnancy. We got far enough along to see a heartbeat but then I miscarried. About a year later I got pregnant again. We had a good feeling that this one would be OK but I started having some pain in my side one morning. The doc said it was too early for an ultrasound and scheduled one for a week later. My tube ruptured that evening and I had to have emergency surgery. Most of the tube was removed during the surgery and an HSG afterwards showed that the other tube was clear. We had one more miscarriage about 6 months later and then we stopped trying.

Ok, this has gotten long but I'll tell you one more thing about my symptoms when my tube ruptured. I had been told by the docs that when a tube burst you had tremendous pain on one side and that you bled heavily. I actually had tremendous pain in the center of my abdomen. I was eating dinner and BAM I got this sharp pain that never went away. I suffer from colitus and IBS and it felt like I had to use the bathroom and had very bad abdominal cramps. And I had no visible bleeding (it was all internal but I didn't know). So I waited 12 hours before I went to the ER. I used to joke with my husband and tell him that if I ever grabbed my stomach in pain and couldn't walk upright to get me to the hospital. That's exactly what happened, but because the pain was centralized and there was no blood I really thought it was a IBS episode. I even called the hospital and they thought the same thing and told me to drink hot tea (which seemed to help for some reason). So 12 hours later I went to the ER and an ultrasound showed the ectopic and the doc was pretty sure it had ruptured. Found out after the surgery that I alot of internal bleeding. I was 5.5 weeks when my tube ruptured.

Sorry this was so long.

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