Methotrexate Chemo To End Ectopic And Conception

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Laura - October 4

Does anyone know how long I need to wait to try to get pregnant after injections? I was 4 weeks pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy (no surgery needed) and had to have Methotrexate to end the pregnancy. How long do I have to wait to try??? Does anyone know? I am dying inside... can someone tell me if you have had this experience???

 

Jill - October 5

Hello there. I had a tubal pregnancy and had to have 2 sets of methotrexate shots. My Dr. told me that once my HCG was less than 2 I should wait until I had a normal period and then I could start trying again. Are you as scared as me to start trying again? I would just die if it happened again.

 

Laura - October 5

Yes, I am terrified. I had a miscarriage in July and then I found out I had a tubal pregnancy and my heart just broke. I am told that my tubes may be blocked so I am doing the dye test to see if they are. If they are, then I am going have to do invetro because according to her, I can't conveive properly if they are blocked. THIS I HOPE ISN'T TRUE! I hope that it works out well for both of us. I don't want to go through this again!!!

 

Jill - October 5

I hope it works out for both of us as well. I try to talk with family and friends about it (most of the time I just ball to them) but they all have had successful pregnancies so that makes it espically hard. I don't know how old you are but I am 28 and all of my friends are having babies and it seems so simple for them. Do you wonder "why me" ever?? I do all the time but finding this website was the best thing ever as I just felt all alone for a while. I had the dye test done a couple weeks ago and due to an ruptured appendix I had a long time ago my right tube is basically caput but she said my left tube is great...but then she reminded me that my tubal was on my left side. UGH!! I was told if you have two tubals then you need to go the invetro route (did you hear this as well?). How much does that cost??? Do you know??

 

Laura - October 5

Hello Jill! FINALLY, someone who understands! Yes, everyone around me is pregnant and it kills me to go to the OBGYN because everyone there is pregnant and rubbing their stomachs all happy (and they should be) but I am dying on the inside. I do wonder why me, only because I am so healthy and I WANT this baby. I get angry because I don't do drugs and I don't drink a lot but I see people who do drugs who can't take care of children without the help of welfare and I get jelous of even them!!! I am 36 and I know my time is running out. Regarding invetro, with the proper care you are looking at $14,000. Which I realize is a small price to have a child, I just don't have that laying around. Did your doctor say that you could have your tubes repaired or is there anything they can do if they are blocked? I am wondering if there is a way to un-block tubes if they are blocked. I keep thinking this doctor wants my money since she is so quick to go with invetro!!!!

 

Laura - October 5

Oh my gosh - it is like hearing myself when you are talking. I am SOOO glad to find someone who understands!!! Thank you! I hear you about going to the OB/GYN and having all these prego people around you. I do not do drugs or smoke and I only drink occasionally as well. I am a very athletic person and I eat fairly good so I wonder why this can't be easy for me!! I would just die if I can't have children. My husband would be such a great dad and it is so frustrating. I think about all of the 14, 15 year olds out there having kids and throwing them in dumpsters or leaving them in their closets and it just kills me because I would give up just about anything to have a baby. It is hard to want something so bad that is out of your control. About the invetro ~ the dye test will tell you about your tubes...if they are open or not so I recommend doing it. If they are blocked I believe you can have a laparoscopy and they can try to unblock it. My dr. said since my left tube is so good she is not going to mess with my right one (she doesn't even think it would go to that tube anyways as it is quite damaged). Did you have any surgeries or do you know why your tubes would be blocked?? I felt that my Dr. was a little quick to want to do this or that as well so I would maybe get a second opinion before you jump into the invetro route. I do not feel your time is running out - women are having babies into their 50's nowadays. I know it will happen for us and I just have to have faith. My problem is that I always think about what my next step would be if I have another tubal instead of thinking that I won't have another tubal and that I will have a normal pregnancy. Have you set up your dye test yet??

 

Jill - October 5

oops - I think I put your name on my last response....sorry

 

Laura - October 5

I haven't set up my appt. for the dye test only because I haven't got over the the last shot of methotrexate but I can do it as soon as I have my first period. I hope that comes quick. I don't want to gross you out, but can you tell me what you went through as far as side effects of the shots and did you eventually expel what was left of the baby? I don't know of anyone who has had to have the shots, so I apologize in advance for asking. I don't know if my tubes are blocked or not. I got pregnant the first time and it was normal, except I lost it at 10 weeks. What did you feel when you got the dye test? Did it hurt? I just want all the pain to end (blood tests/chemo shots and all the vists to the doctor)... I am ready for a good pain such as carrying a baby and knowing I am happy and the baby is healthy. I did hear bad news for us that we have a 30% chance again for a tubal. WHY US? I do have good news to that. My sister had 2 children after a tubal (she had surgery) so I KNOW there is hope. Gosh, are you anywhere near California??? I would love to have more friends nearby to talk to!!!!

 

Jody - October 5

Laura, I too had a 1 shot of methotrexate. I had mine on August 26. The docs aren't sure if it was tubal but treated me as one because after I miscarried my HCG started to rise. It took 3 weeks to get back to 0. I had a period 2 weeks after the shot. I was told to wait 2-3months after the shot before conceiving again. You need to let your body heal or I was told it might happen again. I got married in May and was very surprised to get pregnant so fast.( 3 trys) I am very anxious to try again. I am 32 yrs old. We are going to start trying again In November. I will have 3 periods by then .My Gyno told me to wait till Dec. No thanks. I am very afraid it will happen again. Make sure you aren't taking folic acid as it will interfere with shot. I am very sorry for your loss. It is a very painful emotional experience. I have good days and bad days. You are in my thoughts. Any more questions, I'm here daily checking the forum. P.S. How long did they tell you to wait?

 

Laura - October 5

They told me that I could wait after my period to try again. They never told me to stop taking my folic acid so it jacked up my first shot so I had to go through it again. Do you have any advice for me? Did you cramp up and get sick after your shots? I had my shot this last Friday and on Sunday night I was in the worst pain ever! I took Monday off and almost had to go to the ER but I didn't. If you have any advice for me, I would appreciate it or if you can tell me what to expect, that would be great. I too got married recently, last Nov. and we were trying and finally got lucky after buying the Ovacue II. I swear by it!

 

Jody - October 5

Laura, I didn't get sick from the shot but I had bad stomach pains. I was scared the my tube ruptured but it was the shot doing its job. I can't believe they told you to wait only one period. Especially having 2 shots. Every doc gives different advice . I would seriously wait though. Do it when you feel ready! I was also told if I got pregnant too soon, my baby would have deformities! I've done ALOT of research. I would advise you to wait. I know it sucks but its better to be safe than sorry. I am NOT going through that PAIN again!!!!!

 

Tara - October 5

I to had the Methotrexate but it didn't work for me.My tube ruptured 3 days after and i ended up in surgery.I was 8 weeks. i did end up losing my left tube. I was told when i got the Methotrexate to wait 3 months because the body needs to heal and i was told the chemo could effect the baby and may cause deformities.

 

Jill - October 6

Laura - I was telling my husband and mom about you last night and they were so happy that I found someone who finally understands what I am going through. As far as the methotrexate shots - I really did not feel that much pain. I just had little stomach cramps here and there. I do not remember expelling anything but I am sure I did at some point??? I think I got lucky. The dye test is not the most pleasent experience I have encountered but it is bareable. The part that hurt most for me was the dye going into me. It is over in a matter of minutes though so it isn't too bad. I was SOOO glad I did it as they were able to see what exactly was going on with my tubes. My Dr. told me that once my HCG level was below 2 (after getting the shots) I should wait one period and then I could start trying. THANK YOU for sharing your sister's story with me. That gives me hope. Of course my sister got pregnant on the first try and it seemed so easy for her. At least your sister can relate with you and give you support. I know there is a chance of it happening again but I have heard from friends who know people who have had one and then they go on to have a normal pregnancy....PLEASE let this be us. I, unfortunately, live in Wisconsin but I wish I was closer to you becuase I too could use friends who know what I am going through!! At least we have this site to help us. It has helped me at least. Did you JUST get your metho shots??

 

Jill - October 6

You are like a dream. I know that we have hope for children. Last night, I went to the grocery store and I talked to a regular checker that I go through when I am there, and she too had an ectopic pregnancy and now has 2 children with no complications. So I know we have hope. I think one thing I forgot to tell you, is that if my tubes are okay, I requested my dr. prescribe clomid. Since I am not getting any younger, I just need a little push. She finally agreed but not until I take the dye test. As for my last shot, it happened last Friday, which was Sept. 30. Damn, it hurt! I am a wuss anyway but still! How this all happened for me is that I started bleeding out of nowhere (I had ended my period for only a week) and it continued for 2.5 weeks. I called the dr. office 5 times and finally they agreed to see me. I took a pregnancy test, it was positive. In total disbelief, I took two more. Fast foward to the dr. appt., turns out I was getting rid of uterus lining and no sac was found. She sent me to get blood and turns out I was pregnant. I come back to the dr. and I tell her that I don't feel right and to look to the left where I am aching and lo and behold, a tubal pregnancy. In comes the shots and here I am today, aching for a child with two pregnancies behind me. I just have to be patient. I know this. What do you know about deformities? I didn't hear this before so this is news to me. I didn't know that recieving the shots could do this. I didn't know the chemo stayed in our systems that long!!! Please advise if you know anything about this.

 

Jill - October 6

Laura - yeah, never heard of the deformities thing....so I am not much help there. Do you have to go in for blood tests every week?? My Dr. told me that once my HCG is less than 2 I could start trying again. She NEVER said anything about deformities so I just am not sure that is true.....I would have thought she would have said something about that. Here's my story: My hubby and I have been married for 2 1/2 years now and we decided to start trying the end of April - 2005 . We didn't even really know when to have it or what so we just had some fun!! :) I ran a half marathon in early May and right after that I was getting a light period for around 7 days (and I wasn't supposed to have my period but I figured it was from my running thinking I wouldn't get pregnant on the first try) so I called my Dr. and she wanted me to come in and have a blood test so I did and she said that my HCG levels are up so she wanted me to get another blood test in two weeks to see if it doubled...well it did so she said I was pregnant and scheduled an ultrsound (she knew I had a ruptured appendix when I was younger so it kind of ticked me off that she didn't say to me - ya know there could be scarring in your tube due to your appendix....etc.). So my hubby and I were on cloud 12 thinking I was pregnant and there was no problems. Then the ultrasound day came and I knew something was wrong as soon as she was moving the thing around on my belly. I don't know how I knew it but I just knew it. Then I had the start to the longest day of my life... I had to meet with the Dr. and the nurses and then go to another clinic to get my metho shots which was so hard for me. I felt like I was killing something that was a part of me. Then my HCG wasn't going down fast enough so I had to get another set of shots and finally the end of July it went down to below 2. I then decided to have the dye test in Sept. and she said since my left one is so good I should just try again....but if it happens again that is when the money needs to start flowing. UGH. So I am right now patiently awaiting my period so I can start trying again. So nervous to try again tho. I have been talking to a therapist about it and it has helped a lot - do you see one? If not I recommend it! Sorry this got to be long but since you shared your story I thought I would share mine. We need to keep in touch until we are both pregnant and happy!! :) We will be able to do it - I know it!!

 

Laura - October 6

So, how long did it take for your hormone level to go down? A month? More? When you say sets of shots they gave you 2 individual shots? I had one shot of 6cc's (?) in one cheek of the a__s. It only went down by 15% that is why I got another shot last Friday. You had to go to a clinic to get it done?? I had to go to 2 different pharmacies to find the d__n stuff. Nothing like being upset and driving all over town to find it. I haven't been to a therapist, I have thought about it but I haven't gone. Even that is a lot of money so I find comfort in this website. I have to stop shopping for baby clothes for a child that I don't have... that is where all my money is going right now. I do have a blood test tomorrow and I will find out on Monday where I stand with the results. Did they tell you how long it will take for my period or what the average time is? I agree, we should keep in touch. I will keep you updated with what is going on, and please do the same. I would like to know what to expect since I am getting limited information from my dr. AND if you find out about deformities, let me know. That worries me to no end now.

 

Jill - October 6

Laura - It took me from the beginning of June when I got my first set of shots (I do not know how many cc's it was but I had two shots...one in each cheek) to the beg. of August for it to go down to less than 2 (it seemed like ETERNITY!!!!). My Dr. told me after my first 3 or so blood tests that my HCG was not going down fast enough so I had to get another set of shots (again one in each cheek). You had to go to the pharmacy to find the stuff?? and had to give yourself the shot?? Once your HCG is below 2 then you can get your period anytime after that and start trying. At least that is what my Dr. told me. I have pretty good insurance so my therapy appts. do not cost me anything.....I agree though, that this site has REALLY helped. That has got to be hard when you went out and bought baby clothes - I'm sorry. I have not bought any yet but when I thought I was prego I was looking at them a lot. I do not think I would worry as much about the deformites thing. That type of thing can happen to any baby. I would seriously call your dr. or nurse and ask them b/c it sounds like it is really eating at you. You deserve to know more about it!! It has been a while since my shots so maybe I am biased because I know I really do not have to worry about that as much. We for sure need to keep in touch so we can tell eachother our pregnancy success stories!!! Talking to you has helped me soooo much. Do you think that maybe you and I were supposed to both find this website to help eachother in our time of need?? I just think about how certain people(whether you know them or not) can come into your life for a short or long period to help you with certain things. I am sorry if I am getting too deep but I just can't tell you how much better I feel about things. I was smiling so much today and I haven't smiled in a long time. GOOD LUCK tomorrow with your blood test. You have to tell me what your HCG level is at. I will be praying for you that it is way down!! Doing anything fun this weekend to get your mind off it?? I am heading to Chicago to see a play and do some shopping with some girlfiends.....just what I need!!!

 

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