Patient Comments: Ectopic Pregnancy - Symptoms

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Comment from: Jo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I had IVF (in vitro fertilization) with 3 embryos transferred back, at the age of 41. Previously I had both tubes removed as they were blocked. I got a positive pregnancy test 2 weeks after egg transfer and scan was due 2 weeks after so I would be 6 weeks. I got to 5 weeks 2 days and had severe pain so went to the clinic (although I couldn't stand up straight) and they said 2 sacs were in my uterus so 3rd probably didn't take. I was told to visit a general physician as there was possible water infection and this was confirmed so I was put on antibiotics. Pain got worse 4 hours later and I kept fainting so I went to Accident & Emergency at 8PM. They still thought it was a water infection and were going to send me home but I was in agony and then I started spotting. Eventually at 9.30AM the next day they scanned me and called the emergency theatre team as there was masses of internal bleeding so I was rushed in urgently. I woke up about 3 hours later to be told that I had 2.7 liters on internal bleeding and the 3rd embryo had ruptured through the stump left from my tube removal. I had a blood transfusion and stayed in hospital for 4 days. A week later I had a scan and there were 2 little heartbeats measuring 6 weeks and 4 days so my fantastic consultant managed to save them when she carried out my surgery via keyhole. My twin boys are now 2 years old, I carried them till 36 weeks then had a C section.

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Comment from: Chloesmom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My very first pregnancy was an ectopic pregnancy. I had no idea until I started getting cramping in my lower left side. I put up with it thinking that maybe it was gas, but after 2 days it got so horrible I went to the emergency room where they told me I was pregnant. I had some really horrible doctors, who told me that the pain during pregnancy was normal, and the bleeding was normal. I went to the emergency room 2 more times within a few days, and each time, they told me it was normal, and I may be miscarrying. Frustrated, I waited one more day and went to a walk in clinic, where they sent me for emergency blood work and an ultrasound. They told me it was an ectopic pregnancy at almost 3 months. My tube was starting to rupture, and they told me if I had waited one more day, it probably would've ruptured and possibly killed me. If you feel something is wrong, please don't stop until someone confirms you are either healthy, or not via ultrasound and blood work! They managed to save the tube, and 3 years later I had a little girl! It took a bit of time, but once I stopped worrying that I would have another tubal, I got pregnant!

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Comment from: Becky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I missed a period and was so excited because my husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for almost a year. I had all the normal symptoms of pregnancy, breast tenderness, nausea, all of it. Then the cramps started. The next symptom was spotting. The pain became so great that I went to the emergency room. They did a transvaginal ultrasound, and the results were that the pregnancy was ectopic, outside the uterus. I was given methotrexate, and sent home.

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Comment from: Suey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I am 39 years old and found out 2 weeks ago that I was pregnant for the 1st time. I don't know if it's related, but I came down with a pretty bad cold one day, and the next day I woke with a bad stomach ache. I thought at first it was gas from being pregnant, but after a couple of days I thought I was fighting a stomach bug. The stomach pain lasted for a week, but seemed to be getting better. I also spotted and bled very lightly during that week. On the seventh day I felt the best I'd felt for a week - Until 5:30 when I again had bad stomach pain, and thought I needed to have a bowel movement. The pain didn't go away, but continued to get worse. My husband came home and brought me to the hospital. After taking blood and doing an ultrasound, they determined I needed emergency surgery. During the surgery, they found the tube had already ruptured, and the doctor said it had probably been ruptured for a couple of weeks. He also said I was probably 4 to 6 weeks farther along than I had thought, making me 10 to 12 weeks along. It is now 4 days since surgery, and I've not been feeling well physically. I'm looking forward to getting back to my former self. I had a lot of gas pains from the surgery, and then seemed to be fighting a stomach bug again with bad diarrhea, stomach pains, and cramps. Still getting better from that, but I have numbness in my arms, especially when laying down.

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Comment from: Trcle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had trouble getting pregnant. After 8 years, we were finally pregnant at age 39. I delivered a healthy girl. Two years later, at 41, a healthy baby boy. A year after my son was born I started experiencing right side shoulder pain and lower right side back pain above the hip bone. I had a light period the month before so I did not think much of the pain-just getting old. One morning, as I bent over to buckle my boots, I felt a sharp pain in my right side. I went to the emergency room and discovered I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Surgery saved the fallopian tube, but there was scarring. After 15 months of trying to get pregnant for a third time, we were successful and I delivered a son at 44 years. There can be successful pregnancies following an ectopic pregnancy.

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