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Blocked Fallopian Tubes Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

on Aug 09, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Blocked Fallopian Tubes Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

In 20% of cases of female infertility, blocked fallopian tubes are the culprit. Find out how to diagnose this problem, its causes, treatments and means of prevention.

One of the major causes of infertility is fallopian tube obstruction. The fallopian tubes are the uterine tubes where fertilization occurs. When they are blocked, the sperm and the egg cannot meet, thus, the egg cannot be fertilized. In fact, blocking the fallopian tubes is sometimes used as a contraceptive method. However, this is a permanent procedure and method of birth control, and is usually chosen by women who already have children. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Cause of female infertility

Unfortunately, fallopian tube obstruction is the cause of infertility in 20% of the cases. Many times, women who want to become pregnant are unaware that they suffer from this health condition, because there are no obvious symptoms. This disorder has different causes, and treatments are available for most of them. The fastest solution remains in vitro fertilization. Because fertilization cannot occur normally, the egg is removed and fertilized outside the body, after which the embryo is placed in the uterus.

Causes of blocked fallopian tubes

One of the most common causes of blocked fallopian tubes is an infection. Sometimes, the STD Chlamydia trachomatis can cause distal tube obstruction. Other possible causes are endometritis, appendicitis or peritonitis. Fallopian tube obstruction is also associated with HIV infection.

How to diagnose

Women with infertility problems who have suffered from pelvic inflammatory disease could suspect fallopian tube obstruction. There are different tests they could have to diagnose a fallopian tube problem. Because Chlamydia is often the cause of blocked fallopian tubes, testing for this disease is one of the simplest and most affordable methods that could suggest tube obstruction. Sonography might also hint to a fallopian tube problem, and through surgery (laparoscopy), the obstruction of the tubes can be diagnosed. Another evaluative method is hysterosalpingogram.

Treatments for blocked fallopian tubes

When it comes to treating blocked fallopian tubes, the traditional solution is tubal surgery. However, surgery is invasive and has several possible side-effects, one of the most common one being the risk of developing ectopic pregnancies. A less invasive and more affordable solution in cases of fallopian tube obstruction is in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Nowadays, most women who suffer from blocked fallopian tubes choose IVF instead of surgery. IVF is safe and effective, and offers women with infertility problems a very easy solution to conceive. However, in case the obstruction of the fallopian tubes is associated with hydrosalpinx formation (fluid filling a blocked fallopian tube), the success rate of IVF is smaller, so doctors recommend treating hydrosalpinx before having IVF.

How to prevent

A good method of prevention is protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Also, immediate treatment of a pelvic inflammatory disease could prevent blocked fallopian tubes. Women who want to have a baby should watch out for the signs that indicate a fallopian tube obstruction and start getting treated as soon as the problem is diagnosed.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Conceiving is still possible given that one tube is still healthy and properly functioning. Breast tenderness can be a sign of early pregnancy or could be pre-menstrual symptoms. You can take a pregnancy test two weeks after you miss your period for reliable results.

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  • Ajay singh

    got discovered that both tube are blocked (distal blockege). is there any way to open the tube without surgery..pls suggest

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  • shuga

    I did hsg last april and i was told my left fallopian tube is block,what are my chances of getting pregnant with one fallopian tube?having b trying to get pregnant for 3month nw

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  • mani

    block in left side tube what to do get pregnant

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  • Nene

    I’m 47 years old. I have fallopian tunes blocked I did 3 IVF was not successful. What are my chances.

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  • lalita.d

    iam 32 my one fellopian tube is blocked other cannot be seen
    left kidney failure,small bladder with low capacity
    done ivf,but failure.
    can i get pregnant,pls help

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  • Ivory Zeigler

    My tubes are blocked can I have them Removed

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  • Fatty

    I am trying to get pregnant almost for 1.5 years. I have 7 year old boy and I am trying for another one. I had HSG and diagnosed that my one tube is blocked . My first pregnancy I conceive naturally and hab viginal birth , then We use condom to protect from pregnancy . What should I do now

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  • Fisayo

    Hi,
    pls i need solution, i had miscarriage and the doctor did evacuation
    for me in April, and after 5 days of the evacuation i had my menstrual
    period for like 2-3 days but since then my menstruation has ceased and i
    went to the doctor i was diagnosed that am actually menstruating but my
    womb is blocked, and i dont want to undergo any surgery again. What can
    i do.

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  • Laxmi

    Hi Doctors, I am a 34 yrs old women with 13 yrs old child, I have been single mother for last 13 yrs and recently got married and we would like to have another 2 kids or at least 1. my husband is 48.
    Recently I have gone through the checkup , and my hysterosalpingography report state as below:
    * Interstitial block of right Fallopian tube.
    *Hydrosalpinx of left Fallopian tube with infundibular block.
    *No peritoneal spillage of contrast seen from any of the tube.
    I am confused and seek your help and suggestions;

    Can i conceive through IVF without having done surgery?haw many time I can conceive /get pregnant by IVF?
    Will these blockage and the fluid seen collected in my Fallopian will effect my health causing suffer in long term in life ahead?
    If the surgery is the only option, after how long I can conceive and get pregnant after the surgery with no risk ?
    Waiting desperately to hear from you and Your help will be highly appreciated.
    laxmi /Rana

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  • priya

    I am Priya. I am 27 years old. i had premarital sex for about 2 and a half years where i aborted twice. now i got married and fail to get pregnant. Doctors say my Fallopian tube is blocked and cannot be treated and they are even damaged. Please help me in overcoming this. I cannot even share these issues with my husband.

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  • Kk

    Where can I have my tubes reversed and how much is the cost?

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  • tinz

    hi im new to this site… will tel u my story last june 5 was done my hsg saying that my right tube was blocked(no spill) and my left tube is ok after 2months bcome prego but had early mc and my ob told me that it was chemical pregnancy and advised me to wait for 1cycle bfore trying again den after 2mos again that was october i bcome preggo but unfortunately was diagnosed with Viable Left Tubal pregnancy w/heartbeat oct 25 my ob do the lap and removed my left tube i was so devasdated and cried too much bcoz i know that there’s no way for me to have a natural pregnancy coz my right tube is blocked but my ob told me that she visualized on lap that my right tube look healthy and advise me to try to concieve after 3months… I’am so confused wich one has an accurate result the hsg or lap? is she give me a false hope? is lap can visualized if your tube are blocked without dying it? please help me so really confused… i am 34 yrs old me and my hubby wants to have a baby…

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  • tinz

    hi im new to this site… will tel u my story last june 5 was done my hsg saying that my right tube was blocked(no spill) and my left tube is ok after 2months bcome prego but had early mc and my ob told me that it was chemical pregnancy and advised me to wait for 1cycle bfore trying again den after 2mos again that was october i bcome preggo but unfortunately was diagnosed with Viable Left Tubal pregnancy w/heartbeat oct 25 my ob do the lap and removed my left tube i was so devasdated and cried too much bcoz i know that there’s no way for me to have a natural pregnancy coz my right tube is blocked but my ob told me that she visualized on lap that my right tube look healthy and advise me to try to concieve after 3months… I’am so confused wich one has an accurate result the hsg or lap? is she give me a false hope? is lap can visualized if your tube are blocked without dying it? please help me so really confused…

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  • Safia Nasrin

    Dye test result: dye did non pass even after force but tube are apparently healthy.
    Is there any treatment to reopen the tube and get naturally pregnant?

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  • Ren

    A health food store told me that vitex will help me with my imbalance hormones cause I was on birth control for 4 half years. Well they said it’ll help you get pregnant is that true

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  • Kiana

    Ive Been Trying To Become Pregnant For Over 3 Years Now’ It Just Wont Happen Ive Come To The Conclusion My Tubes Are Blocked I Would Love To Be Able To Experience Pregnancy What Do I Do?

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  • Annette

    I had a tubal reversal done by October 1,2014 and I haven’t been able to get pregnant. The surgeon said if after three months of trying I wasn’t pregnant, to get a test done to make sure the tubes didn’t closed when they were healing. What can I do?

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  • lucy juarez

    Can the blue dye unblock the fallopian tubes?

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  • kay

    not having periods and not pregnant

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  • kay

    wat to do trying to conceive fr 4years n ntg

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  • Brar Romi

    Can blocked tubes can be opened without surgery procedure. My wife age is around 38 and my age is 34. We are married for last 5 years and trying for last 5 years. Can you help or give us any suggestion.

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  • Christina Stewart

    I cant get pregnant and i think its because i had an miscarrige or maybe my fallopian tubes or blocked…i want to know if there is an over the counter drug to solve my problem …i really want a baby

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  • K KissesDelight Birch

    Yesterday July 17,2015 I had a miscarriage due to the baby growing in my fallopian tube.It was devastating because I gotten a TR done May 27,2015.He removed my left tube.Can I get a successful pregnancy with using one right tube?I had a ectopic pregnancy,he said their os a 25%chance it may happen again.Should I even try again in the future?How would I know if it’s safe?

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  • Mubashera Mubasher

    hi
    my right tube is distorted due to a cyst
    is there a chance that i get pregnant after marriage ?

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