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Pregnancy after Hysterectomy

Once hysterectomy has been performed on a woman, she is unable to conceive again. In case of a pre-menopause in woman, hysterectomy puts a stop to the process of ovulation. This leads to a decline in the production of female sex hormones such as progesterone and estrogen.

There have however, been 36 reported cases of pregnancies after hysterectomy. They are called ‘ectopic pregnancy’. In these cases, the process of hysterectomy had removed their uterus, but their ovaries and fallopian tubes were intact and healthy.

Ectopic pregnancy, although a rare occurrence, generally takes place in the fallopian tubes. Also, this pregnancy is not a successful pregnancy. In the 36 cases of ectopic pregnancies reported in the world, most of them had occurred immediately after hysterectomy. Medical practitioners are of the view that this could have happened because of a possible presence of a fertilized egg in the fallopian tube at the time of hysterectomy. However, this too is a very rare occurrence, the experts say.

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