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Menstrual cycle after ovarian pregnancy surgery

Postby Bebelove_93 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:29 pm

I had surgery on January 9th for an ovarian ectopic pregnancy. It was my very first pregnancy, I am 26 years old and I was 5-6 weeks along. I had no clue I was even pregnant until the night of the 8th when i went to the hospital. So they did surgery to remove the pregnancy from my right ovary, doctor said everything went great and she only took a tiny bit of the ovary to be sure she got everything (which she assured me she did). She said my uterus is great and I can still have babies and that everything is great and I can return to my normal life. My question is, when will my normal menstrual cycle start? I bled from the 9th-15th after surgery but she assured me it wasnt a period. I'd also like to start trying to conceive soon and am just curious if its easier to get pregnant after an ectopic? Thanks so much in advance!! ☺
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Re: Menstrual cycle after ovarian pregnancy surgery

Postby Leahsmith » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:18 am

Hi,

I had surgery on the 10th Jan for ectopic in my right tube and tube removal. I bled after for about a week but I am still waiting for my period to come. The advice is that you should wait 2-3 cycles before you try again so you are physically and mentally in a better place. I understand the urgency as I feel like I want to just get pregnant again asap but I also see that I need time too. I hope you are ok as it seems from your post that it happened all very quickly and I know for me that being rushed in for the emergency op was very traumatic.
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Re: Menstrual cycle after ovarian pregnancy surgery

Postby EPT Host 20 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:24 pm

Dear Bebelove_93,
I am so sorry to hear of your ectopic pregnancy and loss,
Your periods can take a while to re-establish - they can re-start anything between two and ten weeks after surgery and most women find that their period arrives sometime around week six or seven after surgery.
The first period may be more painful or less so than usual, heavier or lighter, last for longer or shorter than usual – there really is no set pattern. You should be able to manage the discomfort with over-the-counter pain relief and should not be soaking a pad in less than an hour. If this is not the case, you should seek medical attention

The chances of a further ectopic after a first in UK is 10%. So that's 90% chance of the embryo being in right place next time.
While generally it is possible to conceive after an ectopic pregnancy, the amount of time it takes varies from couple to couple. Factors include age, general health, reproductive health and how often you have sex, among other things. It may be comforting to know that 65% of women are successfully pregnant within 18 months of experiencing an ectopic pregnancy and some studies suggest this rises to around 85% after two years.
Regarding conceiving again, we and many medical professionals advise waiting for two menstrual cycles. It is important to allow time for your body to recover and emotions to surface and be worked through. This is so that you have some comfort that your body is returning to its natural rhythm and you have a last menstrual period date from which to date a new pregnancy - key information in checking you are not suffering from an ectopic pregnancy in the future. As your surgeon has mentioned, the first bleed soon after surgery for ectopic pregnancy is not classed as a period as it is the body's response to falling hormone levels.

Sending much love,
Karen x

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