|I had a positive pregnancy test but it turned out to be ectopic
and my ovary had to be removed. I still haven’t really
figured out what happened?
You have been unlucky because ectopic pregnancy is rare.
It occurs when the ovum is implanted by the sperm outside
the uterus. This is usually because the movement of the
ovum towards the uterus is hindered for some reason. Often
scarring from previous infection that you might not even
know about, or endometriosis can cause the obstructions.
Scarring from surgery or previous ectopic pregnancies can
also cause problems. Smokers also run a higher risk of ectopic
pregnancies. Now that you have had one ectopic pregnancy
you run a higher risk of a repeat, so be sure that when
you fall pregnant next time that you inform your doctor
The reason your ovary was removed was because the pregnancy
could have ruptured the tube as it grew because of the lack
of space, and this can be life threatening. However it is
not all bad news. Studies show that a significant proportion
of women diagnosed with ectopic pregnancies, go on to have
successful pregnancies within a year.
Ectopic - Symptoms