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Fertility Treatments for Blocked Fallopian Tubes

By Vicken Sahakian, M.D. on May 01, 2017

A woman's reproductive systemPeople throughout Los Angeles can count on our team of fertility specialists to help them start the family they have always wanted. We offer state-of-the-art female infertility testing services as well as advanced treatments for male factor and female factor fertility issues.

Blocked fallopian tubes are a common cause of infertility that we see a fair amount among patients. Let's take a moment to consider its causes and some treatment options people may wish to consider.

About Blocked Fallopian Tubes

Blocked fallopian tubes refers to various reasons why a woman's fallopian tubes may be unable to function properly. When fallopian tubes are blocked or damaged, this makes it much more difficult for viable eggs to be fertilized. Some studies suggest that problems with the fallopian tubes account for 20 percent to 25 percent of all cases of infertility.

Causes of Blocked Fallopian Tubes

There are many potential causes of blocked fallopian tubes. These may include the following:

  • Endometriosis – In this condition, tissue that usually grows inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, potentially damaging the fallopian tubes.

  • Ectopic Pregnancy – Ectopic pregnancy refers to cases in which the fertilized embryo implants in the fallopian tube. This can lead to serious damage of the fallopian tube and reduce chance of future pregnancy.

  • Uterine Fibroids – Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that may affect various parts of a woman's reproductive system, including the fallopian tubes.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – This type on infection can lead to a number of problems for a woman's reproductive system, including damage to the fallopian tubes.

Is Surgery Necessary for Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

Surgery is certainly one treatment option for blocked fallopian tubes. That said, it may not be the treatment your situation requires. If there is no compelling medical reason for having the surgery performed beyond addressing female factor infertility, it may be more ideal to consider an assisted reproductive procedure.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

For many women who suffer from blocked fallopian tubes, IVF is an excellent treatment option. The procedure involves the harvesting of viable eggs and the fertilization of these eggs in a lab. The viable embryos are then placed so a woman can carry a child to term. IVF is one of the most well-known and popular options for fertility treatment.

Surrogate Carriers

Surrogacy is another option to consider for blocked fallopian tubes. This involves another woman carrying a fertilized embryo to term. In most cases this is considered when a woman is unable to bring a child to term on her own. A surrogate can be picked and screened by a woman or couple, though there are also many services that can connect people with surrogate carriers as needed.

Developing a Treatment Plan Just for You

As you can see, we have many ways to help patients who have issues related to blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. During a consultation with your general practitioner or a fertility specialist, your candidacy for corrective surgery and other treatment options can be discussed in greater detail.

Learn More About Fertility Treatments

To learn more about treating fertility issues of various kinds, be sure to contact our team of experienced fertility specialists today. We will work closely with you to ensure you receive optimal care and can start the family that you have always wanted.

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