Post # 1
Hi ladies! I’ve been lurking around here for some time and find the board super useful.
I thought I’d better give a little bit back by posting about my recent experience with an ectopic pregnancy.
I found out I was pregnant around mid-Feb this year. My HCG levels tested low (35). This was my first warning. I then started spotting a week after I found out. Not enough to fill a pad, but blood nonetheless. Also, there were a few clots and what looked like tissue (at which point I thought I was having a miscarriage). No pain though, just some very light, period like cramping. My doctor suggested it could be ectopic. Blood test a week later was 54, and a week after that was 390. At this point, my doctor was less worried. I had an ultrasound but it was too early to see anything. I was due for another ultrasound a few weeks later. Meanwhile, the spotting continued.
Then, in early March, I had pain in my abdomen, not on any particular side, that felt like I was constipated. I naturally assumed I was given it’s a common pregnancy symptom. The pain was by no means severe.On 11 March, the pain worsened to the point I couldn’t walk (this was the first instance of severe pain). I went to emergency and ended up having emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy in my right tube. They removed the tube and the surgeon said it was close to rupturing (it had been bleeding, though, all this time).
In summary, I had very little pain and spotting, so I didn’t think anything was wrong. Not to be alarmist, but it’s important to listen to your body and get any odd symptoms checked out.
I’m ok now and pretty much good as new. Hoping to start TTC again after a doctor’s appointment in a few weeks’ time
Post # 3
@Lalagirl: I am very sorry that you went through this. (hugs) Thank you for sharing your story! I wish you the best of luck on TTC 🙂
Post # 4
I am glad you are sharing your story and are feeling better. Good Luck!
Post # 6
@Lalagirl: Thanks for sharing your story, sorry something this traumatic has happened to you, but glad you’ve recovered.
Post # 7
Sorry you went through this, but thank you for sharing. I just assumed that this was something that the doctor could find right away. I didn’t realize you might get further along before they figure it out.
Post # 8
Thanks for sharing. This is a really big risk.
I’m really surprised they didn’t catch anything on the ultrasound though. I lost a fallopian tube from an ovarian cyst a while ago and when I did get a BFP and had some pain, i was very worried it could be ectopic and loose my only other good tube. They did an ultrasound for me right away at 6 weeks and were able to see that it was not ectopic.
Post # 9
@SecretName: The ultra sound (transvaginal) was at around 4 and a half weeks, so they couldn’t yet see anything. My surgery was at 8 weeks. If I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks they might have been able to diagnose it sooner?
Post # 10
@SecretName: And I’m happy it wasn’t ectopic for you!
Post # 11
Very sorry you went through this, a friend of mine went through it a couple of years ago and was scared to death. Luckily everything turned out ok but they too had to remove her whole tube.
Post # 12
Sorry to hear you had to go through that. It is hard losing a pregnancy. Best of luck with your future ttc. We plan on trying in a few months after the wedding and honeymoon. Very excited to embark on that journey.
Post # 13
@Lalagirl: They were able to very clearly see the egg yolk and sac when we were in around then.
Post # 14
I’m so sorry you had to go through this! I recently had my right tube removed due to fibroid surgery. I had just had a miscarriage and was informed I had a dozen fibroids and had to have them removed. Unfortunately, they had to remove my right tube during surgery. So I only have my left tube and I am ttc right now. Good luck to you and *raises glass* here’s to our left tubes doing their thing for us!!!!!! WooHoo! 🙂
Post # 15
@Jenn23: Sorry you had to go through that, too! Yes, fingers crossed – maybe we’ll appear on the same thread soon with a BFP!