Blocked Fallopian Tubes: What Can Cause It

For conception to occur, a sperm will meet a fertilized egg. Every month during ovulation,the egg will travel down from the ovaries to the uterus. If an egg is fertilized by sperm, it moves through the tube to the uterus for implantation. If in the process, there is an obstruction on the way, the woman may be having a blocked fallopian tube.

The fallopian tubes are two thin tubes, one on each side of the uterus, which help lead the mature egg from the ovaries to the uterus.

Medically, if a woman is having one of the tubes blocked, conception can still take place. In other hand, no one can rule out the divine power as women with the two tubes blocked have been able to conceive.

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How you can know you have A Blocked Tube:

In some women, they may never know until it’s diagnosed, while in others, the symptoms can include

mild, regular pain on one side of the abdomen. This usually happens in a type of blockage called a hydrosalpinx. This is when a fluid fills and enlarges a blocked fallopian tube.

Conditions that can lead to a blocked fallopian tube can cause their own symptoms. For example, endometriosis often causes very painful and heavy periods and pelvic pain, and can increase your risk for blocked fallopian tubes.

Causes of blocked fallopian tubes

Normally, fallopian tubes are usually caused when there is a pelvic adhesions which can be attributed by factors such many factors:

  • Endometriosis. Endometrial tissue can build up in the fallopian tubes and cause a blockage, or endometrial tissue on the outside of other organs can cause adhesions that block the fallopian tubes.
  • Fibroids. These abnormal growth can block the fallopian tube, particularly where they attach to the uterus.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease. This disease can cause scarring or hydrosalpinx.
  • Some untreated sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause scarring and lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Past abdominal surgery. Past surgery, especially on the fallopian tubes themselves, can lead to pelvic adhesions that block the tubes.
  • Past ectopic pregnancy. This can scar the fallopian tubes.

How to Diagnose A Fallopian Blocked Tube

Diagnosing a blocked fallopian tube can involve any of the following Hysterosalpingography (HSG) and laparoscop

The use of Hysterosalpingography (HSG): This usually carried out by a doctor who examines the inside of fallopian tubes to check out for blockages. During HSG process, the doctor introduces a dye into your uterus and fallopian tubes. The dye helps your doctor see more of the inner fallopian tubes on the X-ray.

The use of laparoscop comes in when there is a failed HSG,  for further evaluation. If the doctor finds a blockage during the procedure, they might remove it which can be part of the treatment process.

Treating blocked fallopian tubes

If your fallopian tubes are blocked by small amounts of scar tissue or adhesions, your doctor can use laparoscopic surgery to remove the blockage and open the tubes. If your fallopian tubes are blocked by large amounts of scar tissue or adhesions, treatment to remove the blockages may not be possible.




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