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I initially thought that it could be scarring/damage to the tube - but if the tube has been removed and the egg comes down the healthy tube - then why the risk increase? Have searched the internet but can’t seem to find any answers! Any help in understanding much appreciated.
How do you all know the ‘dodgy’ tube was removed? I’ve had 2x ectopics & a tube removed but no one has ever said my tube or tubes are dodgy?
Is there some sort of test u r having & if so what? What do I need to do to get this test?
U.K., north west based, if that helps
For me I refer to the one that was removed when it burst, I've had no further tests etc x
First, ‘history of an ectopic’ as a risk factor is based on analyses of past data (previous cases of ectopic pregnancy). 10 women out of 500 had an ectopic pregnancy. 1 out of the 10 women that had an ectopic, had a second ectopic. Therefore the risk of having a second ectopic is 1 in 10.
Second, here’s a list of contributing factors...
-age 35 years or older
-past pelvic surgery/abdominal surgery
-history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
-history of endometriosis
-conception occurred despite tubal ligation or intrauterine device (IUD)
-conception aided by fertility drugs or procedures
-history of ectopic pregnancy
-history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
-having structural abnormalities in the fallopian tubes that make it hard for the egg to travel
Before my ectopic, I was over 35 but no other risk factors.
After my ectopic, I’m still over 35, but now I also have a history of ectopic and history of pelvis/abdominal surgery.
Third, a lot of women don’t have the affected tube removed; some just have part of it removed or are treated with methotrexate, and some ectopics just resolve on their own. Whatever caused the ectopic in the first place may still be a problem in the tube that was treated and some of the risk factors affect both tubes.
Studies that have analyzed the risk are not going to know the cause of each specific ectopic so they lump them all together in the statistics, even though it’s likely that some of the ectopics are caused by things that affect both tubes and some are not.