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Also, does anyone have experience of whether they scan you in early pregnancy if you’re high risk ectopic with no symptoms? I heard they won’t during the pandemic?
I had an ectopic pregnancy (my first pregnancy) which was treated by methotrexate in December 2019. This month ends my 3 months from being discharged and taking folic acid daily, so I could try and conceive now. We have personally decided to wait for a month or 2 to see what happens, just so that if I were to have another ectopic I’d know I’d be able to get the care I need, and also be visiting hospital numerous times at a less pressurised point if we were at least if we were on the downward curve with Coronavirus. Each to their own of course, we just feel that we’d be more mentally ready for it not having that additional worry when trying again.
Sending lots of love, it’s so reassuring to hear of your miracle baby after 2 ectopics x
I truly understand these worrying times.
As far as I am aware early pregnancy scanning for high risk pregnancies continues but I am not totally sure what local guidelines will be for your hospital.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have information on TTC during this time and I have added the link here-
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My husband and I had decided to TTC first chance we got after our ectopic. Then covid-19 happened. After lots of thought we decided to go for it as despite the wonderful successful stories on here, it could take longer (65% chance 18 months of trying I think). We have been trying and so far no luck (1 month of trying but have never struggled before). I am glad weve decided to try though as I wouldn't want to look back and regret not trying should it take us a long time TTC.
I would say that you've got to do what is best for you emotionally as that first month of TTC is awful during that 2 week wait especially when you're a little late. I found I drove myself crazy analysing little pains to the point I didnt believe the negative pregnancy tests.
Hope this helps.
I’m unsure what to do. I’m currently on my period and would like to ttc this month (although I have a coil fitted so no idea if I’d be able to get that removed, presumably not?) but I’d be nervous about potentially catching the virus with an ectopic as well, having to have blood tests every 48hrs etc. But this virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and it might take us ages to get pregnant anyway. I know it’ll be really scary during that two week wait each month, wondering whether I’m pregnant and it’s another ectopic, and I don’t want to add to that anxiety. But also I don’t want to regret it as I know our chance of another successful pregnancy isn’t high.
Thanks for sharing your post. This has been something that has been playing on my mind too. It's always so nice to read about healthy pregnancies after ectopic, congratulations on your miracle baby.
I had my ectopic surgery in December 2019 and I've been really keen to start TTC again but I knew that I needed more time to grieve and accept what had happened.
I feel fed up of waiting and living in fear of this happening again. I really want to move forward and find out whether having children is possible for us. It's tricky because I also feel like I have one more chance to get it right.
Since we are on the other side of the peak with the virus now I feel ready to start trying again. It's a decision filled with emotion and everyone will be experiencing different levels of anxiety around it. Of course we don't want the put unnecessary strain on our NHS but equally we have to be positive and try to move forward with life. Perhaps a private early scan if we do manage to conceive is a good bet.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do. Keep safe,
I also had surgery to remove ectopic & left tube 4 weeks ago.
I had to do it all on my own aswell as no1 allowed at hospital.
I no my hospital still has these rules but with more things being relaxed I’m sure this will aswell soon.
My hospital had moved the EPU unit because of COVID but because of that the nurses seemed even more attentive & caring.
I was treated 1st with methotrexate before hvin to have surgery & again had to do this alone, the nurse who gave it to me held my hand through it & wipes my tears with gloves on her hands. She stayed with me until I was ready to leave & basically took the place of my mother that day.
We’ve decided to try again and see what happens. My period is due in a week and this part of my cycle is going to be terrifying each month as we wait to see if we conceived and if it’s ectopic.
We have decided to try again too now, this will be the first month. It feels good to have made the decision and not be in limbo anymore and onto the next part of our journey. Keep us in the loop and I will do the same too.
My period is due in about five days. I’ve been having twinges on one side which I’m trying really hard not to analyse. It’s so hard, on the tiny chance that I am pregnant this cycle I keep thinking, well it would probably have implanted now, on the chance it’s ectopic should I be continuing to exercise as normal, lifting my son etc. But I can’t go on thinking like this every month I’ll go mad!
The things we go through to have a baby x
Glad you don’t have too long to wait to find out, keep me updated! X
I’ve had four pregnancies: one miscarriage, two ectopics then finally our successful one. Two of them took nearly a year to conceive and the other two happened first month of trying so I just have no idea of how long to expect to get pregnant again. I definitely know what you mean about it feeling good to have made the decision to try again though, it’s scary but the waiting is worse in some ways
I’m so sorry to hear of your losses that’s devastating for you. Yes, I had two ectopics too. My left tube ruptured from an undiagnosed ectopic and the whole tube was removed. As it had taken such a long time to conceive we only waited six weeks to try again. I couldn’t believe it when I tested positive again two weeks later. We were completely devastated when it was ectopic again in my remaining tube. I had surgery again on New Years Eve 2017 but they managed to save the tube. Sadly I needed a follow up shot of methotrexate though because part of the ectopic was left behind.
We started trying again four months later and I was utterly terrified. Two ectopics in eight weeks was beyond horrific and I still randomly burst into tears when I think about it.
But again we got pregnant straight away (still can’t believe that). That pregnancy felt different from the start, and it was in the right place!! I had a textbook, very healthy pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding journey, and we’re utterly enchanted by our little boy. I know how lucky we are and in a way the horrible journey we went through to have him makes our son even more special.
I know it’s hard and terrifying to try again. It’s definitely worth waiting until you feel ready and your body is healed. But I don’t think it’ll ever not be scary to try again, and it is so totally and completely worth it.
I know I considered IVF as an alternative because the chance of ectopic for us was lower. We decided against it in the end but is that an option for you?
Sending you hugs and strength xxx
I’ve had 2x ectopics, 1x tube removed & a miscarriage - no children & im 36.
I’ve also been referred to fertility clinic but with COVID on hold waiting for them to contact me.
Like you I’ve read ectopic is a risk with IVF & it’s petrified me.
I don’t no how much more I can take but I’m childless so also don’t see what choice I have.
I can’t even imagine TTC again or even going to the fertility appointments.
My 1st ectopic was treated with methotrexate (after trying on&off for 1yr), we TTC 4 months after, 6 months on I had a miscarriage, we TTC 2 months after that but took 8 months & it resulted in another ectopic but surgery to remove it.
Cycle watching, ovulating watching, timed sex, waiting, excitement & devastation I’ve been going through for just under 3yrs it’s hard & exhausting & I feel exhausted with it all. I hate ppl generally asking r u ok but it’s not their fault so i just autopilot answer ‘yes fine thanks’.
It’s great that you’re hopeful, let us know how you get on please, hoping something will spur me on at some time x