Hi, I am new to this site. I recently had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy (09th April) and my left tube was removed. I also had a pregnancy at Christmas which was assumed to be ectopic (treated expectant management). There was no sign of a pregnancy in my uterus when I was scanned and my HCG levels were low and rose slightly for several weeks but eventually went down to zero on their own. I was hoping for a follow up appointment after my surgery as wanted to get advice on what to do going forward when TTC as this wasn't discussed with me. I received a letter from the hospital today to say that the results of the surgery confirm it was an ectopic pregnancy but there was no mention of a follow up (perhaps there is one on the way). Just interested to see about other people that have gone through this. Did you have a follow up appointment, if you had a follow up appointment did you seek a second opinion, was HSG advised to check the remaining tube or did anyone try accupuncture/reflexology. I guess I am quite anxious now that I have only one tube and the same thing may happen again. Thanks in advance!
welcome to the site and I am very sorry for your second ep.... i had two, both required surgery. After the first one I had a follow up appointment after 6 week. It was, in my case a massive waste of time. I had a lot of questions, just like you, but the doctor that saw me had no clue about the details of my case nor had any advice. All she was supposed to do at this follow up meeting what to check that my surgical wounds had healed properly. I was so disappointed, after waiting maybe 3 hours in the waiting room of the hospital, I knew very well that the wounds had healed properly, had I known this was the purpose I would have stayed at home. In fact I didn't go the second time around.
I was already with a fertility clinic so they were the people I fully trusted for management and what to do next. I did opt for a hystroscopy after my second ep (I had no remaining tubes), I also went for acupuncture. I completely understand the fear of it happening again, but your chances of all being fine are much higher (90%!!), please let us know how you are, hugs!
Hi Mod1, sorry to hear about your ep's and thank you for your feedback, it's really appreciated. I have a feeling I also may not get what I am looking for out of a follow up appointment. I had been thinking about a private consultation and accupuncture anyway and your post has been very helpful. I will look at researching these options and see where I go from here. Thanks again.
I had an appointment with the doctor the day after I got the letter from the hospital with no sign of a follow up appointment. My regular GP wasn't there that day but the doctor I saw sent a letter to the hospital asking for a follow up appointment for me. Over the next few days I started to get a little overwhelmed and frustrated as everything seemed out of my control, I went back to my doctor for advise and a plan. She was really understanding and on the ball and referred me straight away for a private consultation and like you were also saying she chatted about the procedure to check the other tube that she thought would be a good way to start going forward. I got my appointment a week and a half later with the consultant where I had a scan which showed everything looked as it should and I had ovulated that month. I was scheduled for a hycosy which I had almost 2 weeks ago now and my other tube is clear and no signs of any other issues were seen. While I know it isnt a certainty that it is functions correctly, it is def reassuring to know and hopefully all goes well next time. Though I am a bit apprehensive that I won't fall pregnant quickly with only one tube and if I do and it makes it to the right place that I will have a miscarriage, but at the moment there is nothing I can do about that. I have a follow up consultation after a few months if I don't get pregnant where we can look at other options like Clomid or letrazole because of my fertility being a bit decreased.
My doctor was also able to recommend an accupuncturist based on positive feedback from other patients so I have an appointment with her next week as they are just starting back to work then.
After a bit of back and forth I did eventually get an over the phone consultation with the hospital which I actually found quite good and they did answer specific questions I had, but their approach is def different than going private. When I asked about getting my other tube checked she said to wait for 6 months and then get referred as I had been through alot already and to just keep trying as normal. I am much happier to have that done already before ttc again.
thank you very much for the update and I'm super glad your GP got things moving! you have no idea how many report to us this same thing about waiting 6 months because "you have been through so much" when psychologically 6 months when you want to have a baby feels like a lifetime! It's absolutely insane and there is no physical reason to do so, i wish they stopped giving this type of unsubstantiated advice which is actually damaging. Most patients do not distinguish between a suggestion which could have come from your grandmother and medical direction, because it's often the medic that says such thing.
It is great you had some investigation done and now at least you have less worries as you start TTC again, and you will see how the acu works for you, if it doesn't you try something else, but at least you feel a little more in control which is so so essential. I wish you the absolute best and please stop by to let us know how you are getting on. hugs!!