After an ectopic pregnancy, you might have another ectopic pregnancy? No way! What’s going on and should you abandon all hopes of getting pregnant ever again? Let’s look at the aftermath of an ectopic pregnancy and what lies in store ahead.
Can I become pregnant after ectopic pregnancy?
It’s recommended that you avoid getting pregnant in the following 3 months after an ectopic pregnancy ends, although the recommended time-frame for different women might differ depending on circumstances. For example, if in the treatment of a previous ectopic pregnancy, carcinostatic agents like methotrexate were administered to you, you will have to talk to your doctor in detail about how long you should wait before you start planning for a baby.
When an ectopic pregnancy happens and both tubes are cut, the possibility of a pregnancy happening naturally doesn’t exist. However, this doesn’t rule out an in vitro fertilization (IVF), so it’s still a little early to be thinking of giving up.
Will I have another ectopic pregnancy after a past ectopic pregnancy?
A second-time ectopic pregnancy is said to have an incidence rate of 10-20%. An ectopic pregnancy can hit you again – and the contributing factors are thought to be the treatment previously received for an ectopic pregnancy, a sexually transmitted disease like chlamydia or in vitro fertilization (IVF). If either of the last two reasons was the underlying cause of your previous ectopic pregnancy, it’s more likely that they can cause another ectopic pregnancy.
Even if surgery was done as a treatment for an ectopic pregnancy and the affected part of the fallopian tube was removed, there is still a 70-80% rate of a successful pregnancy through natural means because the other fallopian tube is still functioning.
Prevention tips for pregnancy after ectopic pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy cannot be prevented. However, knowing what kind of risk you’re at will give you better chances at early detection. What are the risks you’re better off knowing?
1: Get a hysterosalpingogram done on you
Most ectopic pregnancies are usually treated using laparoscopy, and the salpingectomy method or salpingostomy method is employed. Salpingectomy (removal of a part of or the whole tube) is seldom employed because either the partial or the complete removal of the tube can cause the tube to become damaged or blocked. Your OB-GYN will be able to tell you whether your tube is blocked or not through a hysterosalpingogram done after the operation. If a tube is blocked, the probability of yet another ectopic pregnancy is high, and there is a need to be extremely cautious during the next pregnancy.
2: Get checked for Chlamydia check up
Chlamydia increases the risk of getting an ectopic pregnancy. You might want to consider going for a chlamydia check up!
Pregnancy after ectopic pregnancy: Overcoming the odds
“One bitten, twice shy” – having an ectopic pregnancy could make you hesitant about trying again. It’s a decision that requires lots of guts, so don’t keep your worries to yourself. Talk to your partner and your OB-GYN. You might even want to consider talking to moms who have had a brush with ectopic pregnancies and went on to become pregnant after that. Those stories might give you the courage you’re seeking. Overcome your own fears, then you might just be able to overcome the odds.