Healing From Ectopic Pregnancy

Healing From Ectopic Pregnancy

Have you suffered a pregnancy loss due to ectopic pregnancy? If so, you are not alone, 2% of all pregnancies are ectopic. Women who have experienced ectopic pregnancy often suffer from tissue damage; this may lead to infertility, and a 7-15% chance recurrence due to scarring and adhesion in the fallopian tubes. Not only is ectopic pregnancy damaging to the tissues, it can be emotionally scarring as well.

Ectopic pregnancy can be very physically painful, scary, and in some women may lead to hemorrhage that may result in death. All of this may create fear for future pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is not something to be taken lightly. Often times women are very excited to be pregnant, only to find out that they have an ectopic pregnancy and that this pregnancy is not viable; this can be a devastating loss.

If you are one of those women who have suffered damage, physically or emotionally from ectopic pregnancy, this article is for you! I will share with you ways to heal your body physically and emotionally from ectopic pregnancy. But before we begin all of that I believe it is important to share with you factors that may put you at risk for ectopic pregnancy, so that we can learn ways to prevent ectopic pregnancy.

Causes and Possible Prevention of Ectopic Pregnancy

Sexually Transmitted Disease
Sexually transmitted disease, especially Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). If left untreated this may cause scar tissue, adhesion and chronic inflammation in the fallopian tubes and uterus. Use protection such as condoms during sexual intercourse, especially with new partners to help prevent STD’s.

Tubal Sterilization Reversal
This is a common birth control method for women who thought they were done having children. More and more women are deciding otherwise and having tubal reversal procedures. Because the fallopian tubes were cut and cauterized initially, then snipped again and sewn back together, this may cause scar tissue, which may narrow or block the tubes. Any type of tubal sterilization poses a risk for ectopic pregnancy, even if you do not want children and have not had a tubal reversal. Of all the unsuccessful tubal ligation procedures that resulted in pregnancy, about 50% resulted in ectopic pregnancy.

Cesarean Section
Subsequent pregnancies are at risk for ectopic pregnancy following a C-section. This is due to increased risk of scar tissue formation around the reproductive organs which may damage the fallopian tubes.

Surgery to Open Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Women who have already been diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes may have surgical procedures to re-open them; but this procedure may cause more damage, which may lead to more scarring and adhesion.

Low Progesterone
A study done by Dr. Buckley shows that the patients that had an etopic pregnancy had progesterone levels below 22ng/ml. Of all the patients who’s progesterone level was below 22 ng/ml, 10% had an ectopic pregnancy BUT none of the patients with progesterone levels above 22 had an ectopic. Progesterone cream may be something to look into to make sure your progesterone levels are at the right levels.

Smoking
Smoking cigarettes has been linked to 5 times greater risk for ectopic pregnancy. Holy Smokes! Nicotine stimulates the fallopian tubes to contract. In some women it has been shown to cause the fallopian tubes to spasm, the walls of the fallopian to temporarily stick together, preventing the embryo from passing through for implantation in the uterus.

Fertility Medications
Fertility medications including chlomiphene citrate, pergonal and progestin (common in hormonal birth control) put a woman at risk for ectopic pregnancy, by altering the ability of the fallopian tube to contract and move the fertilized egg properly to the uterus. If you become pregnant while on one of these medications, talk to your doctor right away to rule out ectopic pregnancy.

What Happens During an Ectopic Pregnancy?

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy

The most common place for an ectopic pregnancy to occur is inside of the fallopian tubes. Some ectopic pregnancies may occur in the abdominal cavity, cervix or ovary; this is very rare. In all cases the fetus begins to grow where it should not be.

Normally during conception the embryo, in the form of rapidly dividing cells moves from the fallopian tubes down to the uterus for implantation. Because the most common place for this to occur is the fallopian tubes, I will concentrate on that type of ectopic pregnancy. 95% of all ectopic pregnancies happen in the fallopian tubes. 50% of all ectopic pregnancies in the fallopian tube are caused by damage to the fallopian tubes; the other 50% the cause is unknown.

The embryo begins to grow and form in the fallopian tube. This puts extreme pressure on the fallopian tube. This may cause discomfort to extreme pain. Some women may not even know they have this type of pregnancy until they experience pain or it is discovered by ultrasound.

If you are pregnant and feel slight lower abdominal pain on one side or have some blood loss (spotting), and this is not normal for you, seek medical attention to rule out ectopic pregnancy. If this type of pregnancy is left undiagnosed it may lead to the fallopian tube rupturing, this is extremely dangerous as it can cause hemorrhage and death.

Often when this happens the ovary is damaged as well, and both the fallopian tube and ovary are removed surgically. The pain from fallopian tube rupture can be so extreme a woman may vomit or pass out. If you feel you are experiencing ectopic pregnancy, or rupture of the fallopian tube, seek emergency medical care right away.

If the ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed right away, doctors can treat it with the chemotherapy drug called Methotrexate. This medication dissolves the embryo and your body reabsorbs it. If you have used this medication for an ectopic pregnancy, you may seriously want to consider doing a Fertility Cleanse. The Fertility Cleanse may help clear the body of the medication prior to trying to conceive again.

Even if the fallopian tube has not ruptured, the embryo may be further along and will require surgical removal to prevent rupture. The stretching of the fallopian tube alone can create severe damage to the fallopian tube. Your doctor may determine this during surgery.

Healing Scar Tissue and Adhesion While Reducing Inflammation

Whether you are wanting to prevent an ectopic pregnancy, heal blocked fallopian tubes, or heal from a past or recent ectopic pregnancy, you will want to plan ahead to allow for proper healing to take place.

If you recently had an ectopic pregnancy, give your body 2 weeks before beginning any of these therapies or herbs. Listen to your body. If you are still tender physically from surgery or damage, give your body more time to heal on its own. Beginning Self Fertility Massage may take more time before beginning. In the mean time you can begin counseling or energy body work like Reiki or acupuncture to begin healing right away.

Note: This program is very similar to our Blocked Fallopian Tubes guide.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy
This is one of the most effective ways to reduce and remove scar tissue and adhesion, while reducing inflammation and increasing healthy circulation. Specific enzymes in this therapy eat way scar tissue (fibrin) over time, aiding the body in preventing excessive scar tissue build-up, while removing old scar tissue and adhesion. When there has been damage to the reproductive organs or surrounding tissues, chronic inflammation may be present as your body works to heal. Systemic Enzyme Therapy may help reduce inflammation, while aiding the body in healthy inflammation response. This therapy works extremely well when combined with Self Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Packs.

Abdominal or Fertility Massage
Massage is another natural therapy that could help support fallopian tube health in general. Massage helps to increase circulation and break adhesions in a non-intrusive way. If there is damage the fallopian tube that has cause scar tissue, adhesion or blockage, fertility massage is recommended!

This type of massage may help aid the body in breaking up old scar tissue formation, promoting healing of the reproductive organs, while loosening tight and twisted tissues. The increased circulation aids in tissue elimination, while at the same time bringing in fresh blood to promote healing.

Fertility MassageDamage from ectopic pregnancy may cause adhesion, where the tissues of the reproductive organs attach to other parts of the surrounding muscles or tissues in the body, this can pull the organs of the reproductive system out of alignment. Massage may help to reposition the reproductive organs for proper function.

Massage may also assist healing from emotional trauma, helping a woman who has suffered a pregnancy loss and physical pain to her reproductive system. It does this by teaching you how to connect with your reproductive system once again. It is giving you a time to take part in your healing process. When doing your massage session, take time to pray, visualize, or bless that area of your body. Directly physically connecting to your fertility is very important when working toward healing. Listen to your body, it has wisdom beyond belief.

There are three options for massage when it comes to supporting the reproductive system. You can find a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal or fertility massage such as a Maya Abdominal Massage Therapist, visit a center like Clear Passages or you can learn how to apply Self Fertility Massage at home.

1. The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Massage™
Developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, this holistic pelvic care approach uses techniques taught to Dr. Avigo by her mentor Don Elijio Panti, who was a Maya Shaman in Belize, Central America. Dr. Arvigo spent 10 years learning these ancient massage techniques. Thousands of practitioners around the world are trained and perform Maya Abdominal Massage™ in their clinics.

This type of massage has been found to work to loosen and aid the body in removal of old scar tissue and adhesion formation, which may be causing the reproductive organs to become stuck together, or to other parts of the internal body.

One session, depending on the amount of time spent cost anywhere from $70 to $100 per session. Prices may vary depending on the practitioner.

2. Clear Passages Therapy
Clear Passages uses hands-on physical therapy techniques known as the Wurn Technique to unblock fallopian tubes. This technique is done without the use of drugs or surgery. There are many studies proving success of this technique for naturally unblocking the fallopian tubes. They have clinics in 5 locations in the United States and women from all over the world travel to be treated in their clinics.

According to a study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (2008), the Wurn Technique had a 61% success rate in opening blocked fallopian tubes that were totally blocked. The results of this therapy lasts many years in most cases, as compared to surgical procedures which usually regrow scar tissue and cause the fallopian tube/s to become blocked once again in approximately 6 months of the surgical procedure.

Clear Passages has success with their techniques in opening blocked fallopian tubes in women with…

  • two completely blocked fallopian tubes
  • one blocked fallopian tube, one tube previously removed
  • hydrosalpinx (fluid filled tube)
  • distal end blockage (distal tubal occlusion, end near ovary)

The average cost of a 20 hour Clear Passages therapy session is $5,200.

3. Self Fertility Massage™
Self Fertility Massage™ is a series of massage techniques that are used to help support reproductive health, the menstrual cycle, and your fertility all from the comfort of your own home! This type of massage is easy to learn, perform and is cost effective!

One of the greatest benefits of massage is the ability to break up adhesions. Adhesions are comprised of scar tissue. These adhesions are what causes the fallopian tubes to become blocked, stuck together, stuck to other parts of the reproductive organs or other internal tissues of the body. Self Fertility Massage™ gently helps to break up adhesions while helping the body to get rid of the remaining tissues. The techniques used in Self Fertility Massage™ include massaging the fallopian tubes in addition to the uterus and ovaries. Massage provides a great non-intrusive option for women with blocked fallopian tubes.

“ I would strongly recommend deep tissue massage such as Maya abdominal massage for any woman who has had a history of tubal infection, tubal surgery, or ectopic pregnancy. That’s because this technique might well be able to help prevent or eliminate the tubal adhesions that favor a future ectopic pregnancy.”- Christiane Northrup, M.D. Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Castor Oil Packs
Castor Oil packs promote healing to the reproductive system, by stimulating circulation and triggering the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing metabolic waste, old diseased cells and tissues. This is very important, especially if your ectopic pregnancy may have been caused by Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), infection from past surgery, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts or PID.

Castor oil is one of the only ways to stimulate the lymphatic system to move. The lymphatic system relies on us to get it to move. The heart runs our circulatory system, but exercise, dry brushing, some herbs and Castor Oil are some of the only ways to get the lymph to move. Castor Oil Packs heal underlying tissues very well, when used consistently over time. We recommend using this type of therapy at least 2-3 times a week. It works great in conjunction with Self Fertility Massage.

Women’s Best Friend
This herbal blend contains medicinal herbs that help blocked fallopian tubes, PID or other fertility issues where scar tissue, infection, and diseased tissues may be present.

Antibiotic: The antibiotic herbs in this blend help to clear out any infection that may exist in the reproductive system or fallopian tubes.

Anti-inflammatory: Anti-inflammatory herbs such as Goldenseal help to reduce the inflammation and reduce further scar tissue production.

Circulatory: Herbs in this blend help to increase blood flow through the reproductive organs

Women’s Best Friend is best used for 2-3 months consistently in healing and preparation for pregnancy. If you are actively trying to conceive do not use this product after ovulation as it contains herbs which should not be used during pregnancy. For best results use for a couple of months prior to trying to conceive so you are able to use the herbs properly.

Healing Emotionally from Ectopic Pregnancy

Many women find it hard to move forward with trying to conceive after ectopic pregnancy. The statistics for recurrent ectopic pregnancy may compound this. If you have suffered an ectopic pregnancy, I am sure somewhere in the back of your mind you are asking, “Will this happen again?” Fear can create anxiety when trying to conceive and with subsequent pregnancies. How can you face those fears, and move forward? Fear alone can make getting pregnant again difficult. Work toward letting go of resentment, anger or shame surrounding your circumstances, in regard to your ectopic pregnancy. We are more than our physical bodies, treating yourself holistically is going to greatly improve your chances of healing, so you can move toward a successful, healthy pregnancy.

  • Seek counseling
  • Actively engage your body in healing therapies
  • Join an ectopic pregnancy support group or forum
  • Journal about your journey
  • Acknowledge your loss, take time to mourn, allow yourself space to process the experience
  • Pray
  • Consciously thank your body for all that is does everyday.
  • Believe in your body’s capacity to heal itself.
  • Get body work done or do body work on yourself: Reiki, Maya abdominal massage or Self Fertility Massage™ or acupuncture.
  • Meditate or visualize a healthy pregnancy happening for you as your body is healing.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is similar to acupuncture. In this technique, various energy points in the body are unlocked by gentle tapping. The theory behind this technique is that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. Either a practitioner can perform the tapping or the patient can be taught to perform the tapping alone. This technique is wonderful because it addresses both fertility and stress reduction at the same time. EFT has no known negative side effects, the reported success rates for resolving both emotional and physical issues is amazingly high with improvement for up to 95% of people.

I believe in the capacity of my body to heal itself.

I love myself unconditionally!

Summary

There are many possible causes of ectopic pregnancy, with no known preventative. Many women who have experienced ectopic have been shown to have low progesterone levels, but it is still unclear if progesterone alone will help to prevent ectopic pregnancies. Please talk with your doctor about this. If you have experienced or are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy make sure to take some time to nurture and take care of both your body and your mind through the use of systemic enzymes, abdominal massage, castor oil packs and herbal blends, counseling, EFT, meditation or look into joining a support group.


References:
1. http://ehealthmd.com/library/ectopicpreg/EP_causes.html
2. Northrup, Christiane, M.D. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom; Bantam Books, 2010
3. Serum progesterone testing to predict ectopic pregnancy in symptomatic first-trimester patients. Ann Emerg Med 2000 Aug;36(2):95-100

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  1. I have one fallopian tube removed due to ectopic rupture (nearly died). Then many years later, after having a natural birth, another ectopic pregnancy damaging my fallopian tube to the point even radioactive dye was unable to penetrate. I was told that if I ever wanted children my only option was IVF. In 2012 I had this reaffirmed with another test and was then told the same on the tube but also have egg donation. Recently I began a new relationship and after 2.5 years of no intercourse am now ~ 2 weeks late. Could I possibly be…. pregnant????

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Tess!

      What a fertility journey you have been on! There is no way for me to know of you could be or are pregnant. A pregnancy test or your healthcare provider can help you know this.

      I wish you well!

  2. Hi! First, I want to thank you for making this website. I was looking for herbal treatment for my so-called ectopic pregnancies and I found this wonderful site. I had a miscarriage at 5 weeks in 2010. Then, I had a healthy baby boy in 2011. Next I was pregnant again in 2012 and the embryo stopped growing after 5-6 weeks and it miscarried by itself. In 2013 – I was pregnant, but no sign of pregnancy anywhere as my hormones where rising (very slow). I was given methotrexate to terminate it. In 2014 I was again pregnant and same thing. I was given methotrexate as no sign of pregnancy anywhere while hcg levels kept rising (slowly). Now I am really scared. What should I do to avoid this? Thanks bushra.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Bushra,

      I am very sorry you have been through so many losses.

      Consider taking these 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages. I can not be certain why this is happening for you. Has your doctor done any further testing to help you understand what might be contributing to your pregnancy losses?

      To be guided in how to naturally support your body in finding balance in hopes of preventing future miscarriage, you might also consider a Fertility Consultation.

      Take care!

  3. Hi! I started my ICSI treatment two months ago. And I succeeded in getting pregnant for 6 weeks. Unluckily I had an ectopic pregnancy. I just done my operation to remove my left tube along with baby. My situation was I am normal in all my fertility check, but my husband has a very low count of sperm and inactive. That’s why tried ICSI treatment. Can you please advise what step should we do now to improve our chance for second ICSI.

  4. I only had one tube and I lost that one tube along with my baby, I don’t want to talk to people much less be around them. Me and my husband don’t have the kinda of money for ivf and things like that. It’s so hard to think this is the end for me and my dreams of becoming a mother of my husband children. I’m beyond upset I’m in so much pain.

  5. Do you have tips for healing from ectopic after methotrexate injections?

  6. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. I want to apologize to all the ladies out there who have shared their heart-wrenching stories and experiences! I am sorry we missed your questions over the years and haven’t been able to reply. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

  7. Hiya ive had an ectopic pregnancy just last week n they opperated to remove a tube wiv the baby in , i have a 22 month old child and ive been tryin since she was born i dnt no if its sunk in or not yet but whats the chances of it happenin again ?

  8. Hello,

    I am 27 years old girl from India.I was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy in right tube in May 2012. I was managed conservatively with Methotrexate (3 doses each of 50 mg) and Leucovorin (2 doses of 50 mg each).

    HCG level was measured which progressively reduced from 1287(on 4th May) to the present level of 1.2 mIU/ml. The size of ectopic pregnancy was initially 20X11 mm and now has come down to 8X6 mm.

    Are there ways to next time use my left fallopian tube for the travel of fertilized egg instead of right tube?
    Thanks.

  9. Thank you for this safe container to share. I have just returned from the hospital where I was treated with methotrexate for my 2nd ectopic pregnancy in 3 years. The previous ectopic resulted in surgery and the removal of my Right ovary and tube. Both ectopics were at the upper edge of the tubes. Is there a chance I have some rare ‘malfunctioning’ of the ovulation process where the eggs dont move down the tubes? I had an HSG test last year that showed my left tube to be clear, yet another ectopic just now in the left tube.
    I feel grateful to have my Right ovary and tube. I also feel scared to try to get pregnant, to possibly wait several more years with more of a ‘risk’ of another ectopic pregnancy.
    Thanks for ‘listening’. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Erin

  10. Hi Darlene I just came from er I had a miscarriage I can’t stop crying I want another chance I want another child I just can’t believe this happen please help

  11. Hi I still haven’t got any answer nor respone I am now bleeding at 6 weeks 3day I’m very scared in stress got. An transultrasound yesterday it was normal now blood today not a lot just a little dark blood can you please help me understand what going on thanks

  12. After my doctor told me that i was pregnant and knowing that my tubes was tied he sent me home with a appointment for the following week to do a ultrasound.At that appointment is when he told me that was pregnant in my tubes and that i should go home and wait and if i should have any pain go to the emergency room.A couple days maybe a week later i was in pain. I went to the emergency room and had my one tube removed.i still have pain in that same area.The doctor told that my tube had ruptured and had to be removed.So my question to you is did he held my situration correctly?Could he have avoid removing my tube if he would have did sugery sooner?

  13. Hi Dalene

    I got married in Nov 2007 , started TTC from Sept 2011 . In Nov 2011 , I got pregnant but after a month came to knw that it is blighted ovum . I had to miscarry it wilth normal pills . I waited for some time & again stated TTC & got pregnant in April 2012 . My doctor called me to chk cardiac actvity o 5th May 2012 but on 3rd May i got sharp shooting pain in the left side & went to hospital . I found it was ectopic preg with left tube ruptured . On 03rd May i was operated through Laparoscpy & left tube was removed. Now my doctor has aksed me to wait for 3 month & then try . I am very much scared that will I concieve again for not ? Please if someone can advice what to do next ? Should I need to take any precautions or ideas for increasing chances of getting pregnant again.Also , someone has adviced me to go for HSG test … please advice ….

  14. Hello this me Christina again I forgot to add I also have cyst so I’m thinking that’s where the pain coming from can a cyst hurt the baby? I’m just really scared just trying keep faith really need some advise mild pain in pelvic on in off on both side really feel a little bloated like bubble in my stomach pain in lower part of back on in off breast soreness through out the day please please help thanks Christina Washington it been 8 months after my extopic peg. Also

  15. Hi my name is Christina i had an extopic peg. In October 15, 2011 it was an nitemare of my life I got the HSG procedure done in nov. which showed up fine tube that left is open eveything look great I just find out I was peg. May 31 2012 I run to ER they did a CBC it was normal then after that a vignal ultrasound in I was told my baby in the right place but can’t here any heartbeat I’m 5 weeks so they said threating miscarry I fellow up with my doc the next day she did another vignal ultrasound in said she don’t see anything a possible peg. In my uterus in took more blood to check my levels now how go back Monday to get more blood drawn I really scared freak out stress I’m also experience mild pelvic pain also back pain breast soreness I let my OB gyn know it normal in your first trimester no bleeding I just really hope eveything ok

  16. I found out on May 1 that i was pregnant i had some brown discharge days after but dr said that was normal on may 15th went in to ER for right pain turns out i had an ectopic pregnancy i was 6 weeks and 3 days along in my pregnancy. Its been 13 years since i had my first child we were very happy to find out we were expecting a baby but instead i lost my right tube due to the ectopic pregnancy and when the dr did the removal notice my left tube was full of blood also my uterus but only took out my right tube. But as doctor stated he has no idea if my left on is still good enough to get pregnant again im super scared to even try but im willing to try anything to get my tube healthy enough to get pregnant again.