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Blocked Fallopian Tubes

The fallopian tubes are two thin tubes which carry mature egg from ovaries to uterus. They are of utmost importance in fertilization process. Fertilization takes place when eggs are traversing through fallopian tubes on their way to uterus. So when Fallopian Tubes are blocked, eggs cannot reach to the uterus which impedes fertilization and eventually pregnancy. Single tubal blockage as well as both tubes blockage is equally fatal. Blocking of fallopian tubes is one of the major causes of infertility among women and accounts for 40% cases of infertility.

Causes of Blocked Fallopian Tubes

• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
• Endometriosis
• Ruptured Appendix
• Prior abdominal surgery
• Prior Ectopic Pregnancy
• Any prior surgery or affliction pertaining to Fallopian Tubes
• Abortion/miscarriage or uterine infection in past
• Contraction of STD infection currently or in past

Symptoms of Tubal Blockage

• Pain during Periods
• Pain during Sex and Urinating
• Lower Abdominal Pain
• Unusual Vaginal Discharge

It is important to note here that in some cases, these symptoms are not amply visible since few women can ovulate despite blocked fallopian tubes.

Treatments for Blocked Tubes

a) In case of Single Tubal Blockage – Single Tubal Blockage is not tough to cure. It does not involve complex mechanism. Fertility experts usually prescribe potent fertility drugs to patients to enhance their chances of ovulating on the side where tube is open.

b) In case of Both Tubes Blockage – Fertility drugs are not adequate when both tubes are blocked. In this case, Laparoscopic Surgery is the most preferable option to overcome the problem. The younger the women are, the better the chances of success. This surgery either clears the blockage or rips out tissue which is causing the problem.

c) IVF – IVF is the most efficacious treatment for Blocked Fallopian Tubes and often the last resort for patients who wish to over this malady and get pregnant.

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