Infertility Causes – Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Some of the causes of infertility that women might experience have to do with hormonal issues. If your body doesn’t produce the right hormones at the right time, you’re not going to ovulate. If you don’t ovulate, your egg won’t drop into the fallopian tube where it can be fertilized by your partner’s sperm.
Other infertility causes are less hormonal or chemical and more physical. For example, some women have trouble trying to conceive because their fallopian tubes are blocked.
What are blocked fallopian tubes?
When your fallopian tubes are blocked, the sperm can’t get to the egg, the fertilized egg can’t get to the uterus, and you can’t get pregnant.
What causes blocked fallopian tubes?
There are a number of different causes of blocked fallopian tubes. Many of those causes have to do with other diseases, and infertility is a secondary problem rather than a primary symptom.
Some of the potential causes of blocked fallopian tubes can include a variety of STDs like chlamydia, as well as PID (pelvic invlammatory disease). If you previously underwent sterilization surgery (having your “tubes tied”) and subsequently had it reversed, sometimes the tubes can still be blocked, as well.
What are the symptoms of blocked fallopian tubes?
There aren’t really any visible symptoms of having blocked fallopian tubes. Your doctor may be able to diagnose a blocked fallopian tube using ultrasound or other medical imaging equipment.
How do you fix this condition?
There are at least a couple of options. You can undergo surgery in order to open the fallopian tubes. If the tubes have severe damage that can’t be repaired via surgery, you may have to consider in vitro fertilization, as this process bypasses the fallopian tubes altogether.
What are my odds of success?
The odds of success vary greatly, and are largely dependent on how severe the blockage of the fallopian tubes is, as well as any scar tissue that may come into play after surgery. IVF success rates are about the same as general IVF success rates, at right around 30 percent per cycle.