What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy, also called a tubal pregnancy, is a pregnancy which implants outside of the uterus. Mosts ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube. A pregnancy cannot be sustained outside of the uterus and must be treated.
If you have had an ectopic pregnancy, your physician is likely to have treated you with medicine or surgery.
Charting an Ectopic Pregnancy
For charting purposes, whether or not your ectopic pregnancy was treated medicinally or with surgery and whether there was bleeding or no bleeding, the process to begin a new cycle is the same. We suggest that you manually start a new cycle and a new chart beginning on the day the ectopic pregnancy was ended. You can start a new chart from the “Cycles Management” menu.
Your cycle in which you experienced an ectopic pregnancy and the following cycle may not be a typical cycles for you so you may wish to exclude those cycles from your cycle statistics.
Before starting to try to conceive again, check with your doctor to determine when it is best to start trying again. Your doctor may also be able to help determine the cause of your ectopic pregnancy.
SupportExperiencing an ectopic pregnancy may also add another dimension to your trying to conceive experience. Like the experience of a miscarriage, you may be grieving your loss and be worried about sustaining a future pregnancy while still remaining hopeful and determined. Reaching out to others in the Fertility Friend Community forums is one way you may find support and understanding.