For many couples, having a child of their own is their dream. For a few years now, women have been experiencing issues with conceiving. One of the causes for not being able to conceive is a blockage in the fallopian tubes. Thanks to technological advancements, there are quite a few treatment options for treatment of a blocked fallopian tube. Nowadays, many women are still conceiving despite blockage in their fallopian tubes. In this blog by Dr. Manish Banker, Gujarat, let us understand what is a blocked fallopian tube, how can it be diagnosed, what are the treatment options of a blocked fallopian tube and how can one get pregnant after diagnosis and treatment of a blocked fallopian tube.
What is fallopian tube blockage?
Tubal blockage is an obstruction in one or both of the fallopian tubes and can happen due to various reasons such as pelvic injuries, ectopic pregnancies, infections, STDs, etc. It accounts for 25-30% of infertility. Tubal blockage can disrupt the process of fertilization, as it can stop the egg and the sperm from travelling through the fallopian tubes. When this happens, sperm cannot reach a viable egg waiting to be fertilized. Therefore, fertilization will not take place and the woman will be unable to conceive. In this case, medical treatments are vital as blocked tubes can pose many threats to a woman’s overall health as well.
How is tubal factor infertility diagnosed?
Following procedures helps to find out whether one or both fallopian tubes are blocked or not:-
What are the different treatment options for tubal blockage?
Tubal blockage treatments can eradicate the blockage but options depend on many factors. Firstly, doctors like to understand and be aware of important details such as the patient’s age, medical history, the severity of the issue, the symptoms etc. Then, they will conduct examinations as a part of their diagnosis to see how affected the fallopian tubes are. Then they will guide their patients on the various tubal blockage treatments. Fallopian tube blockage treatments can be surgical or non-surgical. Some of the treatment options include:
As with any surgery, these procedures carry risks including reaction to anaesthesia, blood loss, scarring, tissue damage and pain. Women should discuss all surgical options versus In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)-risks and benefits with their physician.
How Does an IVF Bypass Blocked Fallopian Tubes?
IVF is the most effective treatment to increase the chances of pregnancy as surgery doesn’t necessarily prevent tubes from blocking again or the egg travelling freely to the uterus. Immediate consideration for IVF treatment for patients diagnosed with tubal block with severe endometriosis, severe pelvic adhesive disease, severe male factor, and/or diminished ovarian reserve.
In IVF, the ovaries are stimulated to produce several eggs by giving injections, which are then retrieved using a short procedure called ovum pick up under general anaesthesia. The eggs are then fertilized with sperms in the laboratory, and fertilized embryos are placed into the uterus through the cervix where they can implant and grow, so the fallopian tubes are bypassed altogether. If more embryos are formed, we can freeze them and can use them later for subsequent pregnancy.
The best way to find out which treatment is ideal for you, you need to schedule a consultation with us, we can discuss the personalized treatment which is best for you. In the light of COVID-19, At Banker IVF, Gujarat, your safety is given the highest priority. We ensure that all the necessary precautions are being taken in the hospital to keep you protected from the virus.
8 Healthy habits for maintaining reproductive health and fallopian tubes:
Actively keeping your lifestyle in check helps you maintain healthy fallopian tubes and reproductive health in general. Here are some easy habits you can develop:
Getting pregnant with blocked fallopian tubes might seem scary but thanks to safe procedures like IVF, one can still deliver a healthy and completely normal baby. As there are several factors to consider such as age, medical history, cause, treatment options may vary. Doctors may suggest fallopian tube blockage treatment without surgery or may suggest surgical procedures as well. To ensure that your fallopian tubes are healthy, you can include some habits into your daily life such as a healthy diet, adequate sleep and exercise, regular visits to the doctor etc. If you notice any abnormalities, it is advised that you visit a specialist whom you trust immediately.
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It is important that you pay attention to all kinds of symptoms, even the smallest ones.
4. Can IVF be done with blocked fallopian tubes?
IVF is a safe and trusted solution to get pregnant for patients with blocked fallopian tubes. As blocked fallopian tubes do not let the egg and the sperm meet, IVF can help in conception. Without coming in contact with the fallopian tubes, doctors directly plant the embryo in the uterus, therefore there is an increased chance of pregnancy without it depending on the fallopian tube.
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