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cornual ectopic pregnancy

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luvumum · 02/06/2010 11:04

I would like to have another baby but am extremley worried as I've had cornual a ectopic pregnancy (about a yr ago) which ruptured resulting in emergency surgery to repair the ruptured uterus and remove the damaged tube along with the foetus(I lost 1 1/2 pints of blood). The foetus was aprroximately 6 weeks old. The Surgeon strongly suggested that I do not get pregnant again(due to the unruly rupture of the uterus) but I'm concerned that they are saying this to cover themselves should something go wrong. As the biological clock is ticking away, If there is any hope then I do not want to miss the opportunity! Pls relieve me and tell me if you'd experienced a cornual ectopic and even had a child or children after it!

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Brokenbits · 02/06/2010 12:03

I'm very sorry for your loss. I don't have personal experience of this, but didn't want your post to go unanswered and thought I'd bump it for you. I know of two people who have had ectopics, one of which was as bad as yours sounded, and they have both gone on to have children. One of them has had two children since then, though I'm not certain if she had one of her tubes removed or not.

Hopefully someone with more knowledge will be along to help you soon, but I wish you all the very best.

luvumum · 02/06/2010 12:22

thank you very much for your lovely message I really appreciate it!

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luvumum · 02/06/2010 12:29

Sorry I forgot to address the message! (to,Brokenbits)

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Brokenbits · 02/06/2010 20:38

You're very welcome, but it was a bit of a rubbish response! I see you still haven't had any more. Just a thought, have you thought about chatting to your GP about this, or asking if you can be referred to a specialist?

I've had a little read up on cornual ectopics as I'm a bit ignorant about them and it would appear that it seems to be the most aggressive type. However, surgeons have a tendency to give you the worst case scenario, but it may not be as hopeless as they suggest. I know people who have been warned against having any more babies by c-section if they have had more than 2 due to the increased risk of rupture and them going ahead and doing it anyway for the 4th and 5th time! I realise that this is in no way the same problem, but they were all given similar warnings about damage and problems further down the line, which never happened. I wonder how likely a rupture is again if you've been recovering for a year. Do you know what the statistics are? Surely if you've had this problem in the past they are more likely to pick up on it again very early with the correct monitoring and support.

Just a thought - what if you (like millions of other women) fell pregnant by accident? I know I'm playing devil's advocate here, but surely they would be insistent on scans galore if you've been prone to this sort of thing in the past. I will have a word with the lady I know who had 2 children, then an ectopic and then went on to have 2 more children. I'm sure she will be able to shed some light if no one here can. I'd make an appointment with your GP to put your mind at ease if nothing else.

Muser · 02/06/2010 23:13

Hi, I don't know anything about the kind of ectopic you've had, but you might find someone with advice on the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust website. They have trained advisers on their forums who might be able to help. Go to and click on messageboards.

Owlingate · 03/06/2010 13:39

I know someone who has had a child by c-sec following a traumatic ectopic pregnancy comparatively late on where part of her uterus ruptured - she described it as the baby being half in the tube and half in the womb, does this sound like what happned to you? She had an op, lost one tube, had a 'scar' along her uterus and conceived again. She was regularly scanned in the next pg and c-sec done at 38 weeks to avoid any possibility of going into 'natural' labour.

Of course each case is different but if you do get pg again get a copy of your notes from the ectopic pg and give them to your new consultant - you can't always rely on the docs to do this and it will help them to know exactly what happened in the surgery.

luvumum · 05/06/2010 19:16

Thank you Owlingate, yes that does sound like a ruptured cornual ectopic. I have been to see a specialist(obstetrician)and have given him my ectopic notes with pictures and havn't had the chance to follow up yet. He did say that it would be fine to conceive but he would like to perform a laparoscapy just to make sure.

Thank you Muser for your website link, as it so happened I had a look at that website a couple of days after my ectopic surgery,but then I was looking for info and didn't think to join a forum or seek advice, so thank you for prompting me!

Thank you all!

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muttimalzwei · 08/06/2010 14:09

I had a daughter in 2004 and tried to conceive again in 2006. I had a miscarriage, then a cornual ectopic pregnancy which was treated with methatrexate (like chemo, basically)to 'shrink' the pregnancy. It took two doses and then I had to wait 6 months to try to conceive again. I did conceive but the pregnancy got lost somewhere in my tubes and just went away on its own. Then I fell pregnant again, didn't think my body could do it but the baby landed perfectly in my womb and was a textbook pregnancy. (He's now 14 months, hurrah!) Given my history the hospital were absolutely brilliant and I had scans galore and was totally looked after all the way. I had a natural delivery but the placenta had to be removed surgically ( I had scar tissue in the corner of my womb so I think it may have got 'stuck' somehow) I think what you need to do is pursue it with the hospital and get them to guide you every step of the way so that you are completely aware of the situation and the risks, don't be fobbed off and get them to take you seriously! You may, like me have a bit of a struggle to get pregnant in the rioght place but if you can bear the heartache of losses I would encourage you to persevere. were fantastic at supporting me at my lowest. GOOD LUCK! xx

luvumum · 08/06/2010 23:18

Hello muttimalzwei Thank you very much for your moral support and advice. I'm very happy for you that all went well and you'd been rewarded with a lovel healthy boy!

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