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09 Nov 2019

IVF for Fallopian Tube Obstruction



Pacific Fertility Center has offices in Los Angeles and Glendale, CA that serve the entire San Fernando Valley. We offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other state-of-the-art procedures that allow couples and individuals to build families and overcome hurdles to parenthood.

A number of women who come to our practice experience infertility as a result of blocked fallopian tubes. Getting pregnant in such situations can be near impossible, and potentially dangerous. Let’s take a moment to consider why this condition occurs and how IVF can help.

About Fallopian Tube Obstruction

A fallopian tube blockage refers to cases in which one or both fallopian tubes are obstructed in some manner. When this happens, sperm cannot reach a viable egg waiting to be fertilized.

If sperm does manage to reach the egg, the egg will usually not be able to leave the fallopian tube and implant in the uterus as it naturally would. Should this happen, the egg could implant in the fallopian tube resulting in an ectopic pregnancy, which is potentially life-threatening.

Causes of Blocked Fallopian Tubes

There are numerous causes of fallopian tube blockage. Some of these include:

  • Endometriosis – When a woman has endometriosis, the tissue that normally forms within the uterus develops outside the uterus. This can cause cysts and scar tissue to form around the fallopian tubes.
  • Fibroids – Fibroids are noncancerous growths that could develop within the fallopian tubes, causing obstructions.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – Infections of the pelvis could cause scar tissue that leads to obstruction of the fallopian tubes.
  • Prior Ectopic Pregnancy – If you have had a past ectopic pregnancy, it could lead to damage and blockage of the fallopian tubes.
  • Prior Abdominal or Pelvic Surgery – Surgical procedures can potentially lead to the formation of scar tissue that negatively impacts the fallopian tubes.
  • Certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases – STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammation, scar tissue, and obstruction of fallopian tubes.
  • Tubal Ligation – A form of permanent birth control, some women have their tubes tied in order to prevent pregnancy.

Why IVF May Be a Good Option

If you suffer from tubal blockage, IVF allows fertility specialists to circumvent the fallopian tubes. This means women can still become pregnant despite issues that they may face.

What Happens During IVF?

During IVF, viable eggs are retrieved from a woman’s body. These eggs are fertilized in a lab setting. When ready, the resulting embryos are transferred to a woman’s uterus to implant and be carried to term.

How Successful Is IVF?

It can vary from patient to patient. According to WebMD, the pregnancy rate for all IVF cycles is somewhere around 27.3 percent. That said, women under 35 typically experience higher rates of success, which is common given the normal nature of fertility.

Is IVF Right for Me?

The best way to find out if IVF is ideal for your needs is to schedule a consultation at our practice. We can discuss the infertility struggles you’ve faced and evaluate your candidacy for fertility treatment.

Learn More About Your Fertility Treatment Options

If you live in the San Fernando Valley and would like to learn more about IVF treatment and if it’s ideal for you, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists. Pacific Fertility Center can be reached in Los Angeles at (310) 853-1440 and in Glendale at (818) 952-0328.

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