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Are there any women here who have had an ectopic pregnancy and gone on to have a healthy baby?

Asked by erikaziger (345points) May 7th, 2011

I just had my very first pregnancy and it turned out to be ectopic. I underwent surgery and the doctor removed the fallopian tube containing the embryo. The doctor INSISTS that my fertility has not been affected. She said that the ovary without the fallopian tube will simply send an egg over to the tube on the other side to travel down and be fertilized. It sounds crazy, but she said our bodies are amazing and adaptable. I feel a little hopeless about my chances of having a healthy pregnancy in the future. Are there any women who have had an ectopic pregnancy where they lost or kept both tubes and went on to have a healthy baby? I could use some reassurance.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I’m sorry for your loss and I can understand your concern. I know several woman that only have one tube for various reasons (some from ectopics and some from tubal reversal surgeries) that have gone on to have children with only one tube. I hope that you are able to go on and have children in the future.

faye's avatar

My friend’s sister went on to have 4(!) kids after her ectopic.

naivete's avatar

My mom had an ectopic pregnancy after conceiving me. She had a baby boy a year after the ectopic pregnancy.

JLeslie's avatar

Many many women go on to have successful pregnancies after ectopic pregnancies. If you have another ectopic do not let them do surgery, take the methotrexate. This means you need to know you are pregnant early, don’t wait a long time to find out.

Anemone's avatar

I haven’t had this happen, but I wanted to clear up something from your question. You should still have two ovaries, but only one will be able to send eggs into its fallopian tube. The one without a tube near it will not be able to send the egg over to the other side. (I’m not a doctor, but it just doesn’t seem like that could be possible based on what I know about our bodies and how they work.)

Usually the sides take turns releasing eggs, so your chance of pregnancy could be reduced by half. However, I your doctor may have meant that your body could adjust by increasing egg releases on the side that still has a tube. In any case, you can definitely still get pregnant with one fallopian tube open.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

I assume you were too far along to take a pill to end the pregnancy? If you ever have an ectopic pregnancy in the future, avoid surgery if possible. Have the dr do an ultrasound as soon as you find out you’re pregnant to make sure it’s not implanted anywhere it’s not supposed to be. I believe if you catch it soon enough surgery isn’t necessary.

senia's avatar

Just wanted everyone to know I had an ectopic where my right tube ruptured. This was in between my first two children. I with no problem went on to have four. What’s so great is I’m now 46 and happily pregnant again.

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