Complications Associated with Fallopian Tubes

There are a number of different problems that can develop with the fallopian tubes. These complications include:

  • tubal blockage
  • tubal scarring

Tubal blockage is by far one of the most common fallopian tube complications. Sometimes, one or both tubes become narrow or blocked, preventing eggs from travelling through to the uterus. This can make conception impossible. Tubal scarring can also affect the route that the egg takes through the fallopian tubes.

Causes of Fallopian Tube Damage

Unfortunately, fallopian tube damage is relatively common. It is typically caused by:

  • endometriosis
  • PID, pelvic inflammatory disease
  • surgery
  • ectopic pregnancy

Diagnosing Tubal Factor Infertility

In order to determine the cause of your infertility, your reproductive endocrinologist may perform a series of tests in analyzing your fallopian tubes. Common tests include:

  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): A hysterosalpingogram is a type of x-ray used to determine if your tubes are blocked. Dye is injected into your uterus and through your fallopian tubes.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery: Laparoscopic surgery is sometimes performed in order to diagnose tubal factor infertility. Laparoscopic surgery involves making a small incision in the abdomen. A small camera is then inserted into this incision, allowing your surgeon to view your fallopian tubes.

Treating Tubal Factor Infertility

Tubal factor infertility can be treated through surgery or ART. Your health care provider or reproductive endocrinologist can discuss your best options.

Invitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF is recommended for many women who are suffering from tubal factor infertility. IVF involves fertilizing an egg outside of the fallopian tubes and then implanting the embryo inside the uterus. Pregnancy rates do vary, but IVF can cause pregnancy in up to 35% of couples.

Fallopian Tube Surgery
Sometimes, surgery can be performed to correct damage to the fallopian tubes. Surgery to remove adhesions, scar tissue, and fallopian tube blockage is available, although subsequent pregnancy rates do vary.


Table of Contents
1. What do fallopian tubes do?
2. Blocked Tubes
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