How Does a Tubal Affect My Chances Of Getting Pregnant?

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QUESTION

Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I'm a 26-year-old, newlywed woman and I want to become pregnant as soon as possible. About 6 months ago, I had a tubal pregnancy and had to have my tube removed.

I was just wondering if this procedure has an affect on me getting pregnant now?

ANSWER

Sorry to hear about your tubal pregnancy. After having a tubal pregnancy, also known as an ectopic pregnancy, your chances of getting pregnant are halved. You now only have one fallopian tube for an egg to make it's way down to the uterus.You will still ovulate from both ovaries. The difference now is, that the egg that comes out of the ovary where the tube was removed has no way of making its way to the uterus. So that month it will be impossible to conceive.

Don't worry. You will still get pregnant; it just may take a little longer depending on what ovary ovulates. The ovaries don't take turns, like the right one month and the left the next month. It may happen that the right ovulates 2 months in a row and then the left. So don't get discouraged. Try not to obsess too much. The best thing to do is to forget about it until it just happens.

-- Jane, RDMS