Definition:

The fallopian tubes are two thin tubes, one on each side of the uterus, which aids to lead the mature egg from the ovaries to the uterus. Whenever the egg is usually fertilized in the fallopian tube conception takes place,. Then, the fertilized egg, or embryo, makes its way through the tube, and eventually implants into the uterine lining.

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What is blocked fallopian tube?

A woman is said to have a blocked fallopian tube when an obstruction prevents the egg from traveling down the tube. It can occur on any or both sides. This is what is referred to as tubal factor infertility, and is the cause of infertility in 40% of infertile women.

How does blocked fallopian tubes cause infertility?

Every month, the woman experiences ovulation and when ovulation occurs, an egg is released from one of the ovaries. The egg then travels from the ovary, through the fallopian tubes into the uterus. The sperm on the other hand also needs to swim their way from the cervix, through the uterus, and through the fallopian tubes to get the egg. Fertilization usually takes place while the egg is traveling through the tube.

So if one or both fallopian tubes are blocked, the egg will not reach the uterus, and the sperm cannot reach the egg, preventing fertilization and pregnancy.

It’s also possible for the tube to be blocked partially that is it is not to blocked totally, It only in this case that the risk of tubal pregnancy occurs. This is also known as ectopic pregnancy.

Also there is a specific kind of blocked fallopian tube known as hydrosalpinx. Hydrosalpinx is basically when a blockage causes the tube to increase in diameter or dilate and filled with fluid. The fluid blocks the egg and sperm, thus preventing fertilization and pregnancy.

Blocked fallopian tubes does not really have symptoms. Hydrosalpinx, may cause lower abdominal pain and unusual vaginal discharge, but not every woman will have these symptoms. Also if tubes are caused by Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) then it is likely that the symptoms of PID such as painful menses and pains during sexual intercourse may be experienced but can all the same conclude that the tubes are blocked.

The most common cause of blocked fallopian tubes is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is caused as a result of a sexually transmitting disease that had not been treated properly, but not all pelvic infections are related to STDs. Also, even if PID is no longer present, a history of PID or pelvic infection increases the risk of blocked tubes.

Other potential causes of blocked fallopian tubes:

  • Current or history of an STD infection, specifically Chlamydia or Gonorrhea
  • History of uterine infection caused by an abortion or miscarriage
  • History of a ruptured appendix
  • History of abdominal surgery
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy
  • Prior surgery involving the fallopian tubes
  • Endometriosis

What are the Available Treatments for Blocked Tubes?

It is possible that you have one tube open which is also healthy, then without too much help you might be able to get pregnant . Your doctor will give you fertility drugs inorder to increase the chances of ovulating on the healthy open tube. This is not possible, however, if both tubes are blocked.

Laparoscopic surgery can open blocked tubes or remove scar tissue that is causing problems in some cases. Unfortunately, this treatment doesn’t always work. The chance of success depends on how old you are (the younger, the better), how bad and where the blockage is, and the cause of blockage.

If just a few adhesions are between the tubes and ovaries, then your chances of getting pregnant after surgery are good. If you have a blocked tube that is otherwise healthy, you have a 20% to 40% chance of getting pregnant after surgery.

But if thick, multiple adhesions and scaring are between your tubes and ovaries, or if you have been diagnosed with hydrosalpinx, surgery may not be a good option for you.

There is an alternative treatment using ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE that works well with good results. It is a program of following just 3 steps . Many women have been treated within 4weeks.

This program may not work for twisted tubes.

But honestly the results have been awesome.

Read it up here

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