Yes, opines Dr. Hugh D. Melnick, blocked fallopian tubes presents as a prevalent cause of infertility. Blockage of the fallopian tubes makes pregnancy impossible – or – an ectopic pregnancy inevitable.
Blocked Fallopian Tube
Blockage makes conception is unlikely because the woman’s egg is prevented from traveling through her fallopian tubes in order to meet the man’s sperm. Likewise, the man’s sperm is prevented from reaching the woman’s egg due to the blockage. Should the egg and sperm manage to meet, the fertilized egg may not be able to travel through the fallopian tube and into the uterus for implantation. Therefore, the fertilized egg may implant in the woman’s fallopian tube, resulting in an ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy) that can cause permanent damage.
Fallopian tubes will become blocked due to:
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Blocked Fallopian Tubes Caused by Endometriosis
This is when the tissue a woman’s endometrium grows outside her uterus and into her fallopian tubes. Endometriosis can hinder a woman’s infertility because:
- Menstrual blood is blocked from escaping her body
- Menstrual blood inflames her fallopian tubes
- The resulting inflammation causes scarring tissue to form in her fallopian tubes
Endometriosis can cause pain before, during, and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. In severe cases, endometriosis will be painful throughout the month as well as during sexual intercourse.
Blocked Fallopian Tubes Caused by Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID)
- Yeast infection (candidiasis)
- Genital herpes
- Urinary tract infection
STDs can cause an infection that has serious ramification on the functioning of a woman’s fallopian tubes. In particular, chlamydia or gonorrhea, cause blockage of the fallopian tubes through an infection that is symptom silent. Meaning, she does not know she has or has had the PID.
At some point in time during your sexual history, you could have unknowingly become infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea. This is so even though you did not experience symptoms of an infection. Or maybe, you ignored these signs and symptoms of an infection, just hoping that the infection would go away in time. The infection may have dissipated eventually, however, the damage to your fallopian tubes has been done.
Hysteroscopic Tubal Surgery
At Advanced Fertility Services – using a hysteroscope for corrective tubal surgery – Dr. Melnick may be able to catheterize your fallopian tubes either to confirm that they are open or to attempt to open them if there is a blockage near the point where the tubes meets the uterus. This procedure is similar to the technique used by cardiologists to open blocked blood vessels in the heart.
Be proactive is determining whether you are unable to get pregnant because your fallopian tubes are blocked. Although your fallopian tubes may be blocked, Dr. Melnick specializes in a vast array of treatment options that can help you have a baby through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), like Hysteroscopic Tubal Surgery.
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