Possible ectopic pregnancy, any advice?

(9 Posts)
chloe1988sb Sat 02-Apr-16 13:05:24

I had a c section 3 months ago. The baby was stillborn and I am trying again. I have had regular periods ever since (my normal cycle of 31-35 days) but I have had red and pink spotting on and off in between my periods.

I know exactly when I ovulated. I should be 5 weeks and 1 day now so it's not possible that it's any earlier than this. Yesterday I had an ultrasound because of some red spotting that has been on/off for about 5 days and pain the middle of my back. The sonographer during an intravaginal ultrasound could not find anything in my womb, although he noted endometrial lining of 29.9mm thick (which is very thick).

The OBGYN in the epu took a urine pregnancy test and she said it was negative. My pee was very diluted. The strange thing is that with this pregnancy I get very dark tests if my pee is not diluted, but when I drink anything the line can disappear completely. With my last pregnancy they all looked the same, regardless of how concentrated my pee was. I find this very strange.

I went home and took another pregnancy test with undiluted pee and got a dark BFP. I took another with pee after drinking a glass of water and I got a very, very faint line.

An ectopic is suspected however the OBGYN thinks that I am likely just having a miscarriage. After the scan (it was vaginal) I bled heavier than before but it stopped. I am still spotting now but it has turned dark brown.

If I had an ectopic would they not be able to see this on the ultrasound by now? In my last pregnancy I spotted a little at 4 weeks and 6 days and they could locate a sac (in the right loaction) very quickly. I am very confused and I am panicking.

I am staying in Ireland at the moment, although I am not going to be here permanently. The healthcare system seems 20 years behind if you ask me.

chloe1988sb Sat 02-Apr-16 13:06:40

***I mean't to say I had a c section 4 months ago. My mistake.***

Loki17 Sat 02-Apr-16 15:44:17

I don't have any advice because I just don't know. I'm really sorry for your loss and I hope that there is a happy ending with this pregnancy. 5 weeks is still really early to see anything x

Mishaps Sat 02-Apr-16 15:48:37

If you get more pain, then straight back to hospital. I am sorry for the loss of your baby and hope that this, or another pregnancy goes well. flowers

sizethree Sat 02-Apr-16 20:17:14

I'm so sorry for the loss of your baby and for the continuing pain of your current pregnancy.
I think it's important for you to keep seeking medical attention about this as an undiagnosed ectopic can be very serious. Did they take a blood sample to test your HCG levels? The one they repeat in a few days to check of its risen/fallen?

sarahquilt Sat 02-Apr-16 20:20:44

Surely 5 weeks would be too early to see?

Oooblimey Mon 04-Apr-16 22:04:48

I had a ruptured ectopic a few years ago, the shoulder pain was excruciating - you'd know if you had it! It's the ruptured ones that are dangerous, often an ectopic will come away naturally. If there was any danger it should have been picked in the internal scan. Better safe than sorry though so I'd phone the EPU and ask their advice.

H0p3 Mon 04-Apr-16 22:27:55

Ooo I'm not sure that's right. I don't want to frighten anyone but I don't think ectopics come away naturally. I was admitted last week with a suspected ectopic and whilst it turned out to be ok the hospital took it very very seriously and had me nil by mouth and ready for surgery depending on my scan which didn't take place until 18 hours after admission. If there's any chance of an ectopic you should definitely go to an EPU or A&E. 1) because if it ruptures it can be life threatening and 2) if it is, but hasn't yet got close to rupturing they may be able to save the tube. Sorry Ooo, I thinks it's possible for the body to deal with it naturally but not common.

chloe1988sb Sun 10-Apr-16 15:33:01

Ectopics do resolve on their own 20-30% of the time. They can get reabsorbed by the body. It's called expectant management.

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