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Healing From Ectopic Pregnancy

Healing From Ectopic Pregnancy

Have you suffered a pregnancy loss due to an ectopic pregnancy? If so, you are not alone, 1 out of 50 pregnancies are ectopic according to the American Pregnancy Association. Women who have experienced ectopic pregnancy often suffer from tissue damage; this may lead to infertility, and a 7-15% chance of recurrence due to scarring and adhesions 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 potentially resulting in death. All of this may create fear for future pregnancies. 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 Infection
Sexually transmitted disease, especially Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). If left untreated, this may cause scar tissue, adhesions and chronic inflammation in the fallopian tubes and uterus. Use protection such as condoms during sexual intercourse, especially with new partners to help prevent STIs.

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 can choose to have surgical procedures to re-open them; but these procedures may lead to the development of more scar tissue and adhesions.

Low Progesterone
A study conducted by Dr. Buckley (Ann Emerg Med., 8/2000) revealed that low progesterone levels in pregnant women may potentially indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Results of the study showed that all the women who experienced ectopic pregnancy had progesterone levels below 22ng/ml. Of all the women whose progesterone levels were below 22 ng/ml, 10% resulted in ectopic pregnancy BUT none of the patients with progesterone levels above 22 mg/ml had a pregnancy resulting in ectopic implantation.

Other research shows that progesterone plays an important role in the function of the fallopian tubes. Specialized cells within the fallopian tubes, called peg cells, produce tubular fluid influenced by an increase in progesterone. This fluid is necessary to move the sperm to the ova (egg), nourish both the ova and the sperm and then to help move the fertilized ovum (zygote) along with the cilia (hair like cells within the fallopian tubes) to the uterus for implantation. A failure in proper movement of the fallopian tube may possibly result in ectopic pregnancy.

Progesterone level testing prior to pregnancy may help doctors identify a potential red flag for the development of an ectopic pregnancy in their patients. Should one find that her progesterone levels are low, natural progesterone cream supplementation may be something to look into. Bio-identical progesterone cream supplementation is a natural way to increase progesterone levels to make sure they are at the right level to sustain a pregnancy and hopefully avoid an ectopic pregnancy.

Smoking cigarettes has been linked to 5-times greater risk for ectopic pregnancy. In some women, it has been shown that under the influence of nicotine the fallopian tubes contract and spasm, according to several studies included in a 2010 systematic review of scientific literature on the impact of cigarette smoking on the stages of reproductive function in the journal Human Reproduction Update. During the spasm the walls of the fallopian tubes collapse and then temporarily stick together, preventing the embryo from passing through for implantation in the uterus.

Fertility Medications
Fertility medications including clomiphene citrate (Clomid), 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 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 an 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 Adhesions 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 continuing on to prepare the body for another pregnancy. In the meantime, 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 adhesions, while reducing inflammation and increasing healthy circulation. Specific enzymes in this therapy eat away scar tissue (fibrin) over time, aiding the body in preventing excessive scar tissue buildup, while removing old scar tissue and adhesions. 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 helps to support general fallopian tube health. Massage helps to increase circulation and break adhesions in a non-intrusive way. Whenever there is damage to the fallopian tubes, 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 adhesions, 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 can 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. Arvigo by her mentor Don Elijio Panti, who was a Mayan 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, costs 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 6 locations in the United States and two in the United Kingdom where women from all over the world travel to be treated.

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 last 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 and 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 cause 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 and increase circulation to detoxify and restore optimal function to the reproductive organs, including the fallopian tubes. 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

At $24.95 for an instant download video with detailed instructions, Self Fertility Massage is an inexpensive and effective alternative to other forms of abdominal massage. Click here to learn more about Self Fertility Massage™

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. Edgar Cayce, the “father of holistic medicine”, suggested external application of castor oil packs to stimulate the organs of the abdomen (liver, gall ladder and colon) and as treatment for adhesions in the abdomen as well.

Castor oil is one of the only ways to stimulate the lymphatic system. Within the lymphatic system is a fluid called lymph and this system relies on us to get it to move. The heart runs our circulatory system, but the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system has in the heart. 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. This therapy works great in conjunction with any type of fertility or abdominal massage therapy including 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. For best results, use for a couple of months prior to trying to conceive.

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 with 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, Self Fertility Massage or acupuncture
  • Meditate or visualize a healthy pregnancy happening for you as your body is healing
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (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!


There are many possible causes of ectopic pregnancy, with the best prevention being the avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases. Many women who have experienced an ectopic pregnancy 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, herbal blends, counseling, EFT, meditation or look into joining a support group.


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    What can be done for pain from scar tissue( from a previous ectopic pregnancy) during a pregnancy? She is 18 weeks. Was scheduled for surgery but got pregnant. The doctor thought it would tear loose by now, but the pain is only getting worse.

    • Dear Margie,

      It’s going to be best to work with a natural healthcare practitioner or midwife who can offer tips and monitor her if she chooses to try natural therapies. She could ask the persons she chooses to work with and learn about Systemic Enzyme Therapy, the herbs Cramp bark, Turmeric, Ginger, or pregnancy massage.

      I hope she finds a practitioner able to help!

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    I had three ectopic pregnancy every year since 2016, the third one was last month. All EP treated chemically through methotrexate. Based on my last week HSG, both tubes looks healthy and normal. Can I still have a chance to conceive naturally?

    • Dear Sheena,

      I am so sorry to hear this. With healthy fallopian tubes, why does your healthcare provider think this is continuing to happen for you? That may be a very important thing to try to figure out.

      Conception is happening, it’s just that the zygote isn’t making it to the uterus to implant. So, I do think you have a chance of conceiving naturally. I might also suggest reviewing this very guide again to learn more about natural therapies that resonate with you.

      My best!

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    Hello, I had an ectopic at the beginning of September, having my right tube removed. Since the surgery I have not been able to loose the weight I gained from the pregnancy. I exercise regularly and intensely, and I eat healthy, but continue to be 10-15lbs more than I’ve ever been. It’s very frustrating and I am wondering if the removal of my tube has severely changed my metabolism and if this is common?

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    hi, i undergo ruptured ectopic pregnancy operation last july 2017 and I had my one tube removed. Even if 6 months already passed, I can feel that my lower abdomen is still steef and big sometimes i feel like Im always bloated. Is this normal?

    • Dear Geraldine,

      I am sorry to her of what you have been and are going through! It may be time to follow up with your healthcare provider to let him/her know what you are experiencing and be evaluated to be sure everything is okay. It can take some time to heal properly, yet to feel constantly bloated seems a bit off. Scar tissue can form as well and cause symptoms. Following up with your doctor will help you learn why you feel the way you do.

      I hope there is nothing and that you are just still healing!

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    So, what does ovulation look like when you’ve had one fallopian tube removed? My left tube tore and collapsed due to an ectopic. I can’t find any details on how exactly the eggs still travel with only one tube? Everyone just seems to ask about pregnancy after the fact, but that isn’t my concern. Just plain and simple question, how does ovulation occur with only one tube and 2 ovaries? I can’t find a video or anything. I read somewhere one tube moves to the other side, sounds kind of sci-fi to me. Look forward to hearing back from someone. Thanks!

    • Dear Rani,

      There is a belief that sometimes the healthy tube will reach around to the ovary that ovulates and grab the egg. I too am skeptical, but I suppose stranger things do happen.

      What we know to be true is that ovulation typically happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next. Ovulation alternates between ovaries. So conception could happen when you ovulate from the right ovary.

      Knowing this, it going to be important to learn the signs of and track ovulation so as not to miss a chance at conceiving.

      I hope this is helpful!

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    Hello. I just did a frozen embryo transfer with a competent blastocyst and had an ectopic pregnancy (treated with Methotrexate). My hormones + lining looked great, so I am at a loss as to why this happened. I have unexplained infertility. My doctor is suspecting minor endometriosis but I have regular periods with minimal cramping. Just searching for some answers while my body heals. Also, when is the best time to try the Fertility Cleanse after an ectopic? Thank you!

    • Dear Jenny,

      I’m so sorry!

      What I know, mind you I’m not an expert or trained in ART, is that the embryo often may not immediately implant where it is placed (although some may). It could be that the embryo moved/dislodged, didn’t implant properly due to a immunological reaction of the body, as a result of reflux or a uterine muscle reaction that caused the embryo to move into the fallopian tube, or it was misplaced. Sometimes an embryo can even be damaged in the critical embryo placement stage, although rare. The reason why for you would be something to discuss further with your RE if you still need to know more.

      Fertility Cleansing could be considered when all bleeding has stopped and you feel well. In general we say 3-6 weeks post loss.

      I hope you heal quickly!

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    hello….i had an ectopic pregnancy and was operated just above the clavicle plate…which type of ectopic pregnancy could that be? and I have been trying to get pregnant in vain, it was early last year, 2016 January….does it mean am infertile? and I still experience menstrual cycle but for fewer days now as compared to before…please help me.

    • Dear Tina,

      I am sorry conception has been hard and for what you have been through!

      I do not know of a connection between ectopic pregnancy and an operation on the clavicle plate (I understand the clavicle is near the shoulder/neck).

      The tips in this guide are worth learning more about in my opinion. It may also be time to talk to your doctor about the current health of the fallopian tubes and begin tracking ovulation if you do not already.

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    Ruptured ectopic pregnancy with fallopian removed – could this cause future issues to periods? what other future effects can i expect?

    • Dear Juliana,

      I am sorry you have been through this!

      I have not heard of past ectopic pregnancy impacting future periods unless the ectopic was caused by low progesterone. Low progesterone can impact the menstrual cycle. As far as future effects, this may depend on the cause of the ectopic pregnancy. It would be best to talk to your doctor about this if you have not already. Trying to conceive may be a bit more challenging with only one fallopian tube. With one healthy fallopian tube, conception can still happen when ovulation occurs from the ovary on the side of that tube. So, consider learning how to detect ovulation, shared in our Guide to Fertility Charting.

      Take care!

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    Apart from these causes, is there any reason that causes ectopic pregnancy? I don’t smoke and drink beer, but my doctor still says that I have a higher chance of ectopic pregnancy? Why?

    • Hello Dino!

      The causes listed here are most common, as are infection from past surgery, scar tissue, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or ovarian cysts. Some say fallopian tubes that did not form properly during female development or tube that spasm can be causative too.

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    hi, august of last year i was diagnosed with ectopic and immediately rushed into surgery because it already ruptured my right tube, Im 29 with no child yet and am dying to have one, but my past EP is scaring me so much that I would suffer another and lost the only tube I have..Im planning to conceive this year but so scared!! please any advice! thanks

    • Dear Wenz,

      I am so sorry you are so scared! Do you know if your remaining fallopian tube is healthy and what caused the first ectopic (why there was an obstruction). Knowing all of these things to either ease your fears about that remaining tube or help you know how to support a return to health may be a good thing.

      In this very guide we discuss Healing Emotionally from Ectopic Pregnancy… consider these tips!

      We want to begin trying to conceive without fear! My best!

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    Hello in 2015 feb i had an ectopic pregnancy in one tube after having 3 kids… hurt super bad and was rushed to hospital… they monitor’d my bleeding but didnt do sergery and now my question is… can i have another baby? that hurt super bad and scared me even more. They didnt opperate… tube ruptured… what are my chances of having another baby ?

    • Dear Selena,

      I am sorry to hear this! While I can no know what your chance are, know that with one functioning, healthy fallopian tube conception may happen the months that ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next – the event alternates from side to side. So, knowing this, it is also going to be helpful to learn the tools available to help you detect ovulation (if you do not already do this).

      I hope you can find hope!

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    i recently had an ectopic pregnancy and had my left tube removed. this has been really hard for me emotionally and i cant stop thinking about it. whenever i am alone its all i think about and i just want to be alone and away from the real world. i really want to have a child but im so scared to fall pregnant again after this incident because im scared i might have another ectopic pregnancy and lose the only tube remaining. the thought of losing the second tube and being childless is eating me alive. i dont know what to do to prevent history from repeating itself.

    • Dear Bianca,

      I am sorry for your loss and the emotions you are going through! Do you feel supported? Can you reach out to anyone who can listen?

      As you are ready, if you do not already know, consider talking with your doctor about what he/she thinks caused the ectopic pregnancy. Knowing this may help you know if the other tube could be impacted. The tips in this very guide could certainly be considered either way. With one functioning, healthy fallopian tube conception may happen the months that ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next – the event alternates from side to side. So, knowing this, it is also going to be helpful to learn the tools available to help you detect ovulation (if you do not already do this).

      I hope you can find hope!

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    on 11/21/16 I found out I was pregnant after just having my period(or what I thought was my period) 10 days prior. I started spotting 10 days after my period which was not normal for me so I made an apt with my OB who did a urine test and told me I was pregnant and that sometimes spotting is normal. A few days later I started to feel this obnoxious pain on my left side still accompanied by spotting. I kept getting blood work done every 48 hours and my levels kept doubling, on 11/28 I was rushed to the hospital and they removed my left tube. now 4mths later I’m pregnant and a nervous wreck!

    • Dear Kerri!


      I’m sorry you are nervous though! Try as hard as you can to shift your mindset some, try not to worry. Check in with your doctor as given he/she knows your fertility history, may want to see you or be able to ease worry. Consider How Using Affirmations in Pregnancy Can Keep You Calm and Centered. Perhaps talking with a friend about your fears may help or anyone who will listen to let you vent. Take a daily walk in nature and/or try prenatal Yoga. Any of these things can help ease the worry that weighs on our minds.

      By very best to you!

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    My first pregnancy was perfect, 10 months after birth I conceived my second and suffered an ectopic pregnancy that was caught at an absurd 5 months (18 weeks) that resulted in ruptured and irreparable left tube and loss of 2L blood. I was saved, as they say by, “a hairline”. It’s been almost a year since and I went through horrible grieving after burring my 3lb baby, missing my belly and recovering mentally. This week I miscarried or had a “failed pregnancy” that was less than 6 weeks, it culminated with my period. I am eager to conceive again but I am very concerned about hormonal imbalance being the cause of both losses. Am I a case for a fertility consultation with this history?

    • Dear Lina,

      I am very sorry for your loss and all you have been through! It certainly does sound like a Fertility Consultation would be helpful not only in creating a natural fertility program, but perhaps some emotional support if you feel that may help.

      As you contemplate that experience, the tips here could be considered as well.

      My best!

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    Hi there – I recently suffered a trauma resulting in complex open book pelvic fractures, and on my hospital discharge summary I have noticed an annotation under “other significant conditions” saying Previous Ectopic pregnancy.
    I am unaware of any prior ectopic pregnancy, and am wondering if there is any way of that being detected through scans/xrays etc or if this is perhaps an error? I cannot find any information online about detecting prior ectopic pregnancies and if any clear signs are left on the body.
    Wondering if anyone can advise?

    Thanks and kind regards

    • Dear Lauren,

      Often ectopic pregnancy is detected by a regular pregnancy test and for many is then accompanied by slight to extreme pain and/or spotting. Ectopic pregnancy can be detected with medical testing. Signs of past ectopic pregnancy appear as damage to the fallopian tube (which can also be caused by undetected STIs, scar tissue, PID, endometriosis for example). Might the note about “other signigicant conditions” being an ectopic pregnancy have been a suggestion rather than definite?

      I hope you are recovering and feeling better day by day!

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    I had an ectopic pregnancy in Dec. 2015, my hcg hasn’t reached “0” yet, can I start the fertility cleanse now? Or do I have to wait until I get my period? Can I apply the castor oil pack now? I already purchased all these things including a bottle of Wobenzym N just want to know if I can start now, as I do not know how long it’s going to take for my period to start. Thank you!

    • Hello!

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      It is fine to begin herbs and natural therapies if you have allowed at least 2 weeks to rest and heal, and if not bleeding. If menstruation begins while using the Fertility Cleanse, Castor Oil Packs and Wobenzym N, pause using them until it ends and resume again then.

      Take care!

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    I have had two ectopic pregnancies. In both cases I needed laparoscopy surgery. The first ectopic resulted in my left tube being closed due to bleeding. It is therefore no longer functional. My second ectopic was on my right side. My tube got scarred from surgery though. Between the two ectopic pregnancy I had a intrauterine pregnancy (from my right side) which resulted in miscarriage and a chemical pregnancy which I believe was also intrauterine. I would like to try enzyme therapy and castor oil before going for another HSG. I have also read that the enzyme serrapeptase can be very helpful in breaking down scar tissue. Can I use it in combination with the enzyme therapy? Thanks!

    • Dear Barbara,

      It would be best to reach out to the makers of Wobenzym N, Garden of Life, to ensure it can be combined with Wobenzym N. In general it is my knowledge that systemic enzymes can be combined. We do not work with serrapeptase, so I cannot offer you information about that enzyme specifically.

      Consider learning about the research on how Wobenzym N supports the body in mediating fibrin build up, by reading our article Fertility Benefits of Wobenzym N and for further studies on this product, please go to this link

      Best wishes!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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

  23. 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!

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    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 ?

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    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?

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    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.


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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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 ….

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    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

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    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

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    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.