Is It Possible to Get Pregnant After a Hysterectomy?

Because there are several different ways to do a hysterectomy you may be able to get pregnant afterward. If you have a complete hysterectomy for some reason you obviously cannot get pregnant because you do not have ovaries to release eggs. If you have a partial hysterectomy and your ovaries are left, which they usually are in modern hysterectomies, you could possibly get pregnant. Every hysterectomy is a bit different, so to is each person’s definition of what is a hysterectomy may be. If you still have the female reproductive organs to produce eggs and carry a child to term you may just have a baby in your future, no matter how slim the possibility.

Pregnancy occurs when an egg is released from an ovary and is fertilized by sperm. The egg will then implant in the lining of the uterus and continue to develop into a fully formed fetus. In women that have had a hysterectomy they can still get pregnant, but whether the pregnancy will be viable will depend on if there is a uterus and what damage may have been done to in the process of removing other parts of the female reproductive organs. Some women experience scarring of other organs when a partial hysterectomy is performed which can further impair chances to become pregnant.

Doctors ordinarily tell their patients that if they do not have a uterus they cannot get pregnant but there is some literature to suggest that this may not be true. Every now and then a woman who has had her uterus removed will ovulate and there will be sperm available to fertilize the egg. Usually the egg is simply absorbed by the body but there is evidence to suggest in very rare cases that a fetus can continue develop attached to a fallopian tube or even the inside of the abdominal wall. For obvious reasons this is not a viable pregnancy, mostly because the area will not allow for the growth of the child and there is no source of nourishment. A lot of the time women will not even realize that there was a fertilized egg because it dies before it grows enough to be noticed.

In the end, the answer to whether or not you can become pregnant after a hysterectomy depends on your definition of pregnancy. Women who have had just an ovary or fallopian tube removed can still get pregnant but women without a uterus cannot carry a child to term and usually they are not even aware if an egg has been fertilized by some off chance. The body works in mysterious ways, but when you remove the uterus from the woman you are removing her capability to carry a healthy fetus to term.

  • Gazi saiful islam

    So nice, I’m happy having this article. It will helpful in my practice life and the women they who want to be mother without one uterine tube. thanks

    • jen

      I had a total hysterectomy is possible for me to get pregnant still even tho I have no uterus and no cervix

      • Vickie B.

        I’m not a doctor, but I would think not. Did they remove your ovaries too with the hysterectomy? To double check, you might just want to ask your doctor to be totally certain. If you were to get pregnant without a uterus, it would be a very dangerous situation.

        • jen

          They only took out out my uterus and cervix n left my both of my overies

          • Lisa Goodman

            Hi Jen, I’m actually dealing with a similar situation I know I’ve had a partial hysterectomy because I still have my ovaries but I didn’t know or don’t know if my uterus had been removed. I have had two full term pregnancies in the past but I’m experiencing similar symptoms to discovering I was pregnant before, I’m concerned because I’m pretty sure if I did conceive the pregnancy wouldn’t survive full term. -Confused in Maryland!

          • patricia hughes

            I had a patrical hysterectomy a 2004 or so but I don’t have a uterus but I do have my one tube and my overies as far as I know but I have heart burn the last coulpe of days but I don’t know what to do im scared should I go get checked or not or im just over reacting something from spncer

        • Chanela

          if my boyfriend leaked sperm in me can I be pregnant if I got in the tub afterwards?

  • Jessica

    I had a total hysterectomy back at 2011 and this is 2015 for some odd reason I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive now I have to see an OBGYN because my pregnancy test came back positive how could this happen

    • Darlene Turner

      idk but this was 3 months ago, are you pregnant?

  • tera g

    hello I had a hysterectomy 4 months ago they took out my uterus one ovary and fallopian tube I still have my cervix and one ovary and fallopian tube can I still get pregnant

    • Vickie B.

      Without a uterus, you will not be able to get pregnant.

  • Dana Hughes

    I had a hysterectomy in September of last year they left my overies is there any way I could get pregnant? Sometimes I look 3 mths.. And I crave odd foods as well afraid to take a test. Really don’t want another baby.

    • Marie Pritchett

      If you are my husband and I would love to have your baby

  • Chrissy Compton

    Hi I had a hysterectomy back in 2012 and it was because of precancerous cells of the cervix, it was diagnosed as carcinoma stages 1 and two, my question is, could I possibly be pregnant after just having my ovaries and nothing else? The surgeon removed the uterus, the cervix and the tubes because of the risk of the cancer spreading to other organs, I have been feeling strange lately but was told there was no way for pregnancy to occur without a uterus, is this true?? Plz help I am only 30 yrs old :(

  • Tasha Harrison

    I had a hysterectomy 6 years ago I only know that I have my tubes left but I look and feel very pregnant

  • Jozelynn

    I had a history like to me And I want more kids but can’t care them.. Is there any way to get my uterus back or no?

  • Charli Jarrett

    I’m freaking out I had a parietal last year and I’m going through all the symptoms of pregnancy. My mother is the one that pointed it out to me and last 3 times she did that I was. Is it possible?

  • Pearl

    I did partial hesterectomy my ovaries are there, but I don’t get my periods, now I’m married I do wanna have a baby is it possible to get pregnant? Please help

  • becky

    Doctor said it is possible to get pregnant i have no cervix or uterus and they said they have to do a test cause i can still get pregnant i was in shock so yes you can out of a ten percent believe it and this was last month that was told to me

    • Pearl

      Really so do you think one must just do some tests Becky?

  • Trac Green

    I had a hesterectomy 12 years ago I think my womb was took I was bleeding none stop
    Can I get pregnant??

  • Amanda Lopez

    Im 30years old my name is amanda meza lopez n im asking iv had a hysterectomy in march 24,2010 due alot of scar tissue that was causing me to be on my period for like a few months n had cervical cancer n now its been almost 6years since i had that surgery done they took out my right ovrie n every since i dnt have no periods so i only have my left ovrie n every since my boobs have been real tender n sore n having ugly cramps like im going into labor..
    my question is it possible for me to come out pregnant in the future..

  • patricia hughes

    yes im 39 years old partical hysterectomy done back I 2003-2004 somewhere between there I don’t have a uters but I have a tubes and my ovries as far as I know I don’t any periods t all anymore but I was wondering if I could still get pregnant or be able t have a baby im just kindof wondering is all im gaing weigh and I have heart burn n the last couple days like crazy nothing seems to help im scared and confused should I go get a test done to see if I am or not or is there no way possible to be I just need some advice is all any help would really help me at this rate.

    • Vickie B.

      It is unlikely, but in rare occasions it could be possible to get pregnant if you are still ovulating as you have your ovaries still. Did you take a pregnancy test to see? You can always call your doctor and discuss your concerns with them.

      • patricia hughes

        no I didn’t take one I was I just wondering was all some people told me I could and others told me no why cause there was no way possible but I still have all my other stuff but my uters I just found out just a couple of days that’s thanks for the advice I might wait and see and but I have had a lot of werid things going on with me like the weigh gaing food craving boobs hurting tender but I don’t have a cycle anymore so I didn’t think there could be possible is all think for all your help

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