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24 Jul 2008

tube removed - please reply urgentl
the beginning of July i went to gynae for a checkup to see if all is ok with me since my biochemical pregnancy in Jan...i miscarried at about 5wks.
my gynae app was timed so perfectly, because when i got to him he told me i was 6wks pregnant.... but with an ectopic pregnancy...i was admitted to hospital for an emergency laparoscopy.
well, as i said, my timing was perfect, as they ended up removing about 500ml blood from inside me and my left tube was damaged so badly that they had no choice but to remove it : (
he then also checked my right tube and found that its still in tact and everythings still ok.
i can' t explain the double shock that i went through...i cried and cried when I came out of theatre.
a week later I had my followup app with gynae and he said i shouldnt give up because it does' nt mean that i can' t have babies.
so must go see him in 6mths if i have' nt fallen pregnant yet, then he' ll give me fertility drugs.
he also said that the minute i do fall pregs, i should call him so they can check the movement of the embryo to ensure its not ectopic again.
i was in so much pain emotionally and did' nt get to ask him further questions as to what could have caused my ectopic.
I read up that smoking and pelvic inflammatory disease are some of the causes.
Would you say that tight clothing could also be the cause?
Also, when should we start planning again? I am now so afraid to fall pregnant because I fear having to go through the emotional pain again.
Please answer urgently.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Anon

Thus far the cause of events and advice given is medically accurate. Tight clothing certainly is not a described cause of ectopics and I would not put to much emphasis on this. Obviously the risk of another ectopic occurring is increased and is in the order of 40%, hence the advice that should you fall pregnant, you should be monitored from early on in the pregnancy. It is best to wait at least 2-3 months after an ectopic to allow healing as well as haematological processes to correct themselves. Thereafter I advise aggressive ovulation monitoring and attempt to conceive. As soon as a positive pregnancy test result is obtained you should visit your gynaecologist for careful supervision.

Answered by: Dr.M.I. Cassim
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