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I was given Methotrexate on Monday for suspected Ectopic.
I am so anxious with everything that is going on right now. Total rollercoaster ride... Quick run through (in bullet form )
22/03 positive pregnancy test (yay!)
02/04 heavy bleed = miscarriage
7/04 bloods taken and Hcg down to 46
09/04 nurse suggests to go to A&E as I noticed abdominal discomfort/tenderness particularly around previous c section scar
A&e don’t see anything on scan but test Hcg which is up to 63
19/04 Hcg up to 107 - Methotrexate injection given - they suspect ectopic but too small to see on scan
Today...no bleeding just back pain super worried this isn’t going to work.
Anyone else had Methotrexate, not bleed and it work?
I know it probably seems ridiculous to get so anxious when Hcg are already low but I still feel so panicky. The idea that I may need to have surgery or that there is something else wrong, frightens me. I’m in total panic mode. Sorry
I’ve read somewhere you don’t always have to bleed and since mine is so small perhaps I’ll only get cramping??? Help! I need some reassurance that there is hope despite no bleed.
Any stories welcome!
Thank you xxx
I am so sorry to hear of your ectopic pregnancy and loss,
It is not uncommon for women who have been treated with Methotrexate not to have any bleeding. You should be going back to your EPU regularly to have blood tests which will hopefully reassure you.
Please do not be alarmed as the hCG level often rises on the day four blood test because the action of Methotrexate is not instantaneous, so the cells will have continued to divide for two or three days after the injection was given, and some cells release more hCG when they start to disappear. Your doctors are looking to see a drop in your hCG value of at least 15% between days four and seven. If there has not been a 15% drop, this is when the doctors will consider a second dose of Methotrexate or surgery.
I know it is a nerve wracking time, however Methotrexate works well with low hCG levels so I will keep positive for you that it works well. If course, please seek urgent medical advice with any worsening symptoms,
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I am so thankful to have found this site and message board.
So sorry to hear about your story, especially as you thought the miscarriage was the initial problem
I’ve recently just had the all clear after my injection on the 1st April. I did get bleeding but only after day 4/5, it was heavy and felt like a horrible period then went away after a week. Everyone seems to have a different experience with methotrexate. Like you I was wondering what people’s experiences were but there doesn’t seem to be a one size fits all type of situation. Some women have no bleeding and it works others have loads. It’s all down to your HGC levels so time will tell after your next bloods (though some get a little rise on day 3 then it goes down on day 7)
I’m sure it will be okay, if push comes to shove then they will give you another dose but if your levels were low anyways (plus there wasn’t much on the scan) then I reckon the first dose will be okay. However I’m not a doctor haha.
I hope you are okay and dealing with it all okay, It’s so tough but having this forum has really helped me and I hope it does the same for you
I’m so sorry to hear you have been through this . How are you feeling at the moment? Did they say to wait at least 3 months before trying to conceive again? Did you change your diet after taking methotrexate? So many questions
I had my Day 3 bloods taken yesterday and they seem to have stabilised. Not up but down by 2 if that means anything Thank you for reassuring me. It’s been 4 days since my injection and still no bleeding. Periods are due on Wednesday so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Really hope the 1 injection works. I don’t know about you, but I really want to put this behind me, although, a part of me feels bad feeling that way my emotions are all over the place.
You’re right, finding this site has been absolutely brilliant. Let me know how you get on and really hope you’re ok
Yeah so they said to wait 3 months after you get the all clear before you start trying again. Also start taking folic acid when you are discharged to build up your folic acid levels and to get your body ready for (hopefully) a healthy pregnancy.
That's a good sign they have dropped even if it's only by 2! Your day 7 bloods are the most important though so let me know how you get on with that. I think that's where they need to see at least a 15% drop (if they don't they I guess they look into doing another injection). I don't think you'll get a normal period, right? As your body probs still thinks it's pregnant. They say your periods don't usually come back officially until 6-8 weeks after the injection (though not sure if those timings are 100%, obviously it's different for everyone)
I hope your 1st injection works okay, I know it's hard but try not to worry about symptoms and feeling them/not feeling them as everyone reacts differently to Methotrexate. It's totally normal to feel like you just want to get it done so you can move on, I was the same. But it does get easier with time. I want to get back to trying but at the same time I want to have investigations into WTF is happening as I really don't want it to happen again (but I know chances are high).
Thanks for your kind words, I am doing okay and i hope you are too - good luck with your bloods on Tuesday - keep us posted, we are always here xxx
Thank you for your message! So so happy for you! how lovely to be back to normal so to speak.
Any luck on getting an appointment with a specialist? I live in France and all the Drs here have said that there’s nothing in particular that causes an ectopic for sure and nothing we can do to prevent it great!haha! Having said that, perhaps in the U.K. or USA and Canada may say otherwise.
You’re right, I’m doing the same as you and seeing a specialist On 1st July. This way by us seeing someone that specialises in this kind of thing, it will mean they can monitor us from the moment we know we’re pregnant.
If you don’t mind me asking, what were your Hcg levels when they first gave you methotrexate? How much did they diminish by day 7? I had my day 7 bloods today and they went from 105 on day 3 to 88 today. Apparently that makes an 18% reduction which she said was borderline so I’m crapping myself now haha! Next one on Monday and hoping to see it go down by more as I really don’t want another injection she did another internal scan and didn’t see anything unusual so she was happy with that.
Great to hear you’ve carried on as normal with food etc. I stopped drinking alcohol and stopped having sex for the week (not a fun week ) but I asked today if I could do both, (not necessarily together haha) and she said yes so I am pouring myself a glass or 2 of fizz tonight.
Will be great to hear how you get on. Take care of yourself and well done on getting through this not a pleasant ride but like you, I feel like I am kind of getting used to this.
Keep me posted Reb xxx
Nothing has come through yet, annoyingly I missed the call from my doctor to tell me about the referral so they text me but I wanted to know how long it would take them for the fertility centre to call me but I guess I'll just have to wait. Good luck with your specialist on the 1st July, France sounds a little like they are burying their head in the sand about ectopics haha, but hopefully a specialist will give better advice about the future etc.
I was 1500 when I got the shot then mine went down super super fast. I think I was on about 550 after day 3 then 150 on day 7 then 15 day 14 then 1.8 on day 21. So mine plummeted quickly. I often wonder why but they say that some women are like this so there we go. oh yay that's a great drop for you!! I think hopefully as yours have gone under 100 now you should be fine and won't have another injection but obvs it can still rupture so keep an eye out for extreme pain, dizziness or extreme bleeding! I was soooo paranoid about it rupturing but hopefully am out of those woods now. I did randomly start getting little mini pain twinges in my left side right where it was, but I think that's either my body prepping for my period or ovulation, I have read that you can get little pains around both those times for a while after methotrexate.
Yeah no booze, sex or exercise - so [censored word] haha. I think I had a drink after week 3 in the end as I read it's only really the first week that you should abstain, but sex I waited until my HGC was at 1.8 and exercise I have yet to do haha (but planning on it later this week). I'm glad you were able to enjoy some fizz, much needed after that ordeal tbh!!
Keep me posted on your journey and how things go with your specialist. Thanks so much, that means a lot - I hope your levels continue to drop. It's funny, I feel like it's a bit sad we have to get used to it but in a way, if it helps us cope and be normal then i'm not going to question it.