Joanna - posted on 01/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )
Many healthy pregnancies present with mild discomfort and even spotting or bleeding early on. So many times it is nothing to worry about. But, even knowing this, my advise is never ignore it... you WILL be taken seriously and your doctors WILL investigate it for you, and it could save your life... and if its sadly ectopic, finding it early will better preserve your chances of future healthy pregnancies. Remember that an ectopic pregnancy cannot and will not survive, so even if you are desperate to have a baby, putting off finding out whether it is ectopic is not a good idea.
I want to share my experience as i found that reading comments on this website helped me to make sure I got the treatment I needed early for my ectopic.
I wasn't planning to get pregnant and the chances of it happening were very remote (in fact thought it would be a miracle if I did). I found out very early on with a ++ HPT... I was only 1 day late but I just had a funny feeling about things. I was absolutely shocked when I got the positive result! at 35 I have never been pregnant before.
A few days later, amongst a lot of confusion, I started spotting with very mild cramping. Because it was so early (I was 1 -2 weeks post conception according to the conception indicator on the HPT) I thought perhaps it was just a very early miscarriage and tried not to think too much about it. My reasoning being that at less than a week late, many women in this position would not even know they were pregnant so I tried not to stress. However, I have been a few days late in the past and the pregnancy test was always negative on those occasions so I started looking online for answers. I had also been having unfamiliar dull aches and pains around my abdomen with a relatively persistent dull stich-like feeling on the right. This was what had prompted me to do the test in the first place. I have had a variety of issues in the past including IBS which could have been the cause (or so I thought at the time). However, the period didn't progress the way mine normally do. What started as spotting and then pinkish discharge turned into bright red but still very light in a few days but no proper bleeding requiring a pad and so I just had a feeling this was NOT going to be a normal period. A week from the first pregnancy test, I took another one, again with conception indicator and this time it said 2-3 weeks. That night I was in a little more discomfort so i called NHS direct for advice. The other thing that was at the back of my mind was that my last period had only lasted one day. I began to worry that in fact i was further along than 1-2 weeks post conception and that the hormones just hadn't been building correctly... all signed of ectopic. Eventually I spoke to our out of hours GP on the phone. He was really good and advised as the pain was not excruciating to see it through until the morning and then visit the Early pregnancy Unit at the hospital. He forwarded my information so that they were expecting me. I thought I might be made to feel foolish being that it was so early on but the horses and consultant were really good. I had a V Ultrasound which showed nothing, they said it was too early but the Consultant commented that everything looked healthy in the uterus to house a pregnancy. He told me I had ovulated from my left side. In a way this made me think the discomfort on the right side may have been nothing to do with the pregnancy and again started thinking along IBS lines but at the same time, I just had that feeling there was something not quite right. All sorts of things went through my mind like "maybe i ovulated from both sides and he just didn't say that..." It's amazing how many questions and theories you can come up with when you have to play the waiting game to find out.
I had the HGC levels tested 2 days later and was told they had doubled and seemed fine so they scheduled me in for a second V scan a week after the first.
When I went for the second scan the consultant was very surprised not to see a pregnancy sack in the uterus. He said he had expected to see this. So, he looked again and again at the left side tube and ovary. Asked again about my pain. I have high threshold so even then I was saying I had a dull ache in the right side... When he looked at the right side tube and ovary, low and behold he saw something. It was a very strange moment because he didn't say straight away but sent me to get dressed and said he would then explain what was going on. I'm glad he didn't announce it whilst I still had the scanning implement in to be honest. So, despot ovulating from my left tube, the sprem and egg managed to make it over to the right, almost up to the tright ovary and then decided to implant there!
A real mix of emotions followed. Again, being that I wasn't actually trying for a baby I almost felt foolish to be feeling this way but they were so very good and sensitive without being over the top.
I was scheduled for a laparoscopy to confirm and remove the ectopic that afternoon and am recovering at home now. It was a very strange way to spend NYE. Aside from the emotional response (I am not going to go into that here), I am still having all the same abdominal sensations i was having before which I am putting down to everything all slotting back into place after the intrusion. They did not remove the fallopian tube because they said unfortunately they found scarring on the other tube as well. They told me that they 'split' the scarring to improve the situation. In terms of future pregnancy I am looking at a 10% chance of ectopic in the left and 15% chance of ectopic in the right. All in all I feel I have been lucky. I feel that had I not caught this early I could have gone on thinking I was having an early miscarriage for several weeks... and the circumstances could have been very different. This pregnancy was never going to survive, but catching it early has given me a better chance of conceiving in the future because of avoiding any complications. The fact that they split the scarring on my other fallopian tube whilst they were there also means I have had treatment for a problem that I otherwise would not have known about. I am sad about things in one way (a lot of that is hormonal) but i am glad and grateful to this site in particular for giving me the information I needed to get treated early.