Blocked Fallopian Tubes: Can I Get Pregnant After Tubal Surgery, Know Here

With at least one Fallopian tube in a healthy condition, having a natural or IUI - assisted pregnancy is possible

Blocked Fallopian tubes are one possible cause of Female infertility

Hearing that you have blocked fallopian tubes can feel scary. What does it mean? Will you still be able to get pregnant?

Essentially, Fallopian tubes must be open, have no swelling and be free of scar tissue to function correctly. With at least one Fallopian tube in a healthy condition, having a natural or IUI – assisted pregnancy is possible. On the other hand, if both tubes are experiencing problems, getting pregnant is more difficult, said Dr Pooja Sahni, Consultant gynaecologist, obstetrician & Laparoscopic surgeon Altius Hospital, HBR layout.

Blocked Fallopian tubes are one possible cause of Female infertility. There are usually no symptoms but there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing this condition.

What causes Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

According to Dr. Sahni, blockages can occur in the Fallopian tubes for several reasons and are a common occurrence. Between 19% and 29% of women with infertility have tubal obstructions. The most common reason is Pelvic inflammatory disease, which is a bacterial infection of the reproductive organs that affects the uterus and Fallopian tubes. The infection may lead to pelvic pain, abscess growth, scarring from adhesions and may even cause an ectopic pregnancy if left untreated.

Other causes of blocked Fallopian tubes include uterine infections, STD infections, miscarriages, abdominal or pelvic surgeries, endometriosis and fibroids.

Blocked Fallopian Tube Surgery

Depending on what causes blocked Fallopian tubes, there are surgical procedures that can correct the problem or help achieve pregnancy. Salpingostomy is a procedure that is done when the tube is blocked by a fluid build-up known as Hydrosalpinx. During this procedure, a small hole is made in the tube close to the ovary allowing the fluid to drain.

A similar procedure called a salpingectomy may be used to simply remove the blocked Fallopian tube. This can increase the success rate of IVF, said Dr Sahni.

Fimbrioplasty is another standard surgical procedure that may be done alongside a salpingostomy.

Can I Still Get Pregnant With Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

Yes, you can get pregnant naturally or with IUI with one Fallopian tube open. However, if both tubes are blocked, in vitro fertilization may be required, she said.

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