Is Normal Pregnancy Possible after an Ectopic Pregnancy?

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Is Normal Pregnancy Possible after an Ectopic Pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancy is the condition wherein an embryo develops outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. Since the fallopian tube does not play the role as of a womb, it could put the life of the mother and the baby at risk. If you have a history of ectopic pregnancy, then it is quite obvious for you to be concerned about having a normal pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy. However, don’t worry as it is possible to have a normal pregnancy after an ectopic surgery.

Can You Get Pregnant after an Ectopic Pregnancy?

It is possible to have a normal pregnancy even if you have a history of ectopic pregnancy. You can get pregnant after an ectopic pregnancy tube is removed as long as you have one fallopian tube. However, if both of the tubes are removed, then it may not be possible to get pregnant through the natural process unless you opt for IVF.

What Are the Chances of Another Ectopic Pregnancy after a Past Ectopic Pregnancy?

If you had an ectopic pregnancy in the past, then chances of having another ectopic pregnancy are still quite high. However, you can give birth to a healthy full-term baby.

Normal Pregnancy and Ectopic Pregnancy

What Factors Affect the Chances of Having an Ectopic Pregnancy Again?

Even though it is possible to have a normal pregnancy after a past ectopic pregnancy, the odds of not having an ectopic pregnancy again still exist. On the other hand, chances are high for you to experience another ectopic pregnancy. Some of the factors affecting the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy again are:

1. History of Infertility

Unfortunately, a history of infertility plays a major role in the occurrence of ectopic pregnancy. Hence, it highly increases the odds of another ectopic pregnancy.

2. Oddly Shaped Fallopian Tube

Another factor that increases the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy is the oddly shaped fallopian tube. Since the fallopian tube is responsible for transporting the sperms to the uterus, any disorder in the fallopian tube may prevent the sperms from reaching the uterus. Hence, it increases the chance of the ectopic pregnancy.

3. Smoking

Smoking can adversely affect one’s pregnancy and may increase the chances of ectopic pregnancy. It causes the eggs to implant itself outside of the uterus. It is believed that smoking increases the chances of ectopic pregnancy by four times.

4. Age

As per the study by German Medical Science, age is another factor which is strongly linked with the odds of experiencing ectopic pregnancy by women who are above 35 years of age.

5. Previous Ectopic Pregnancy

Previous ectopic pregnancy also affects the chances of having an ectopic pregnancy again. To be precise, if you have a history of ectopic pregnancy, then there are 10% chances for you to have an ectopic pregnancy again.

How Long After an Ectopic Pregnancy Can you Get Pregnant?

It is better that you consult with your doctor first if you want to get pregnant fast after your ectopic pregnancy. Usually, your doctor will advise you to wait for at least three months or two full menstrual cycles before you can try to conceive again due to physical and emotional factors. However, the waiting time-frame for conceiving again varies from an individual to another depending on their complications of pregnancy. Waiting for a few days will ensure the return of your menstrual cycle and the date of your Last Menstrual Period (LMP). Your LMP is important to decide when to do scans to check for pregnancy. It is an important information to ensure that you are not falling prey to another ectopic pregnancy.

Usually, the first period after ectopic pregnancy is likely to be heavier than your usual menstrual flow. However, you will have a normal period from the second period. A normal menstrual period indicates that you are hormonally healthy, implying that you are ready to conceive again.

Tips to Prevent Another Ectopic Pregnancy

Unfortunately, an ectopic pregnancy can’t be avoided. However, you are better off through an early detection to minimise the risks. Below are some tips for an early detection:

1. Hysterosalpingogram Test

Usually, an ectopic pregnancy is treated through laparoscopy or salpingogram (involving the removal of the whole tube or a part of it). Salpingogram is rarely implemented as there’s a risk of blocking or damaging the tube. A hysterosalpingogram test is done to check if the tube is blocked. In case, your fallopian tube is blocked then you are at a higher risk of having another ectopic pregnancy. However, you will have to opt for IVF if both of your fallopian tubes are removed.

2. Chlamydia Check-Up

Presence of chlamydia increases the chances of ectopic pregnancy, so it’s advised to take a chlamydia checkup. Usually, chlamydia is present in infected semen or vaginal fluids. It is a sexually transmitted infection, which may be passed through unprotected sex or sharing sex toys with a chlamydia-infected person, or from a pregnant mother to her unborn baby. Hence, a chlamydia check-up will be done and if this infection exists, your doctor will take the necessary measures to treat it.

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience but it can come with its share of complications. One such complication is an ectopic pregnancy, which should not be taken lightly at all. To ensure a safe delivery, consult with your doctor before you try to conceive again after an ectopic pregnancy.

Also Read: Pregnancy Symptoms after Hysterectomy

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