Life (and Conception) after Ectopic Pregnancy
Terri Frances went on to conceive a daughter 16 months after she sought help—and another child since then. So, yes, it is possible to bring a baby to term after an ectopic pregnancy. While women who have had one ectopic pregnancy are at greater risk to have another, it all depends upon the condition of the tube that made you prone to an ectopic pregnancy in the first place, says obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Gerald DiLeo, MD, author of The Anxious Parent's Guide to Pregnancy. On the other hand, if you ovulate and conceive on the other side and there is no tube damage there, you may be in luck. But it may not be easy.
BabyZone reader Alison Franzen shares, "I had a miscarriage, followed by an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured and left me with one fallopian tube." After many rounds of Clomid, a "chemical pregnancy," a 14-week miscarriage, and months of injectable FSH, Franzen did finally conceive and give birth to a healthy boy. How did she and her partner get through it? "I did isolate myself from many friends who all bore children while we were trying, but they were all understanding, considering our circumstances," she admits. She stresses, however, that the main ingredients to their survival and success were "a lot of hope, tears, talking, togetherness, and faith."