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Is this normal??

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Is this normal??

Post by Kmw-89 »

Hi ladies hope you’re all well...

So I had an ectopic back in January self resolved within 12 days of a positive test no surgery or injection required it was pretty fast...

My first period came like clock work I was really shocked it was a normal like pre ectopic period light/medium flow and lasting a typical 3 days.. I began testing to see if I was ovulating and I got 3 low days 1 high day and then straight to peak which I was relieved to see... my second period has come like clock work again and the same flow would this be a positive thing to my fertility as I am really concerned my fertility is severely affected because of the ectopic?? Would it be advisable to give it another month or 2 before ttc??

My consultant thinks everything sounds really positive and has discharged me from his care as he no longer believes I have endometriosis because of how quickly I got pregnant it was literally the second cycle of stopping my pill and how quickly my body resolved itself and also how fast my body has returned back to normal I do have mild adenomyosis... I no longer experience any stabbing pains or cramping only before and during ovulation and my period.

I am just so scared of what could happen xx

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Re: Is this normal??

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Dear KMW-89,
There really is no right way for our periods to return post ectopic pregnancy. Some women find it can take quite a few months for periods to return to a normal rhythm, where as some, like yourself, find it returns straight away.
It is normal to feel anxious about the future. We experience a mix of emotions from wanting to try again to being petrified of what may lie ahead. We never forget, but we can learn to accept what happened. It is a slow process that might be weeks or months ahead. In time, we can get to a place where we feel comfortable trying again. When this is, is individual for each person. There is no timeframe for recovery, take each day as it comes.
Importantly early scans avail. As soon as you know you are pregnant, contact your local EPU to inform them and book in for an early scan at around six weeks. Remind them of your previous ectopic pregnancy. This self refer route is the best route in our view. Hopefully you will have some comfort to know you are under the radar of medical professionals right away.

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.

As a gentle reminder 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. 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.

Making the decision to begin trying to conceive is an emotional rollercoaster compounded by our sad loss. Again, you are not alone. We here emotional support whenever you need us. There is a specific Preparing for your Next Pregnancy board you can look at too whenever feel ready.

Sending much love,
Karen x

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