It’s estimated that blocked fallopian tubes and other tubal factors account for 20 percent of cases of female infertility. This is why our Fort Worth, TX fertility specialists use advanced diagnostics, imaging, and fertility testing when assessing the root cause or causes of a patient’s infertility. The team at the Center for Assisted Reproduction want to properly diagnose whatever issues a patient is facing before proceeding with treatment.
Dr. Kathleen Doody and Dr. Kevin Doody would like to take a moment to consider the problems causes by blocked fallopian tubes, common causes of tubal issues, and what treatments may be used to improve female fertility.
Why Blocked Fallopian Tubes Negatively Affect Fertility
When a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, it prevents sperm from reaching an egg that’s waiting to be fertilized following ovulation. If sperm is somehow able to access the egg and fertilize it, the block fallopian tube may prevent the migration of the fertilized egg down to the uterus to properly develop. This can lead to the egg never developing or, more dangerously, an ectopic pregnancy. (A tubal pregnancy, to be more specific.)
Ectopic pregnancies occur when fertilized eggs attach to other parts of a woman’s reproductive system other than the uterus. If an ectopic treatment is not diagnosed and addressed in a prompt fashion, it could prove fatal.
Causes of Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Some of the most common causes of blocked fallopian tubes include:
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - After pelvic infections or inflammatory disease, scarring and scar tissue can result in tubes being blocked.
- Previous Abdominal Surgery - Abdominal surgeries or pelvic surgeries can lead to scar tissue that blocked the fallopian tubes.
- Endometriosis - Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue found within the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can result in cysts and scar tissue that blocks the fallopian tubes, among other health issues.
- Past Ectopic Pregnancy - If you have suffered from a previous ectopic pregnancy, there is a chance that you will have problems with the affected fallopian tube later on, including blockage.
- Fibroids - These benign, noncancerous growths can potentially grow in the fallopian tubes, resulting in blockage.
- Certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases - STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammation as well as scarring.
Treating the Underlying Issue
In order to address the blocked fallopian tube and improve fertility, the first options for treatment will generally involve identifying and treating the root cause. Sometimes treating the root cause itself is sufficient to remove the blockage and improve fertility. During a consultation, we can discuss the right treatment for the cause of your tubal blockage.
When Is Fertility Treatment Recommended?
If treating the underlying cause of tribal blockage is not an option, or if treatment per se will not undo the blockage, fertility treatment may be ideal for your needs. We can discuss in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other treatment techniques in greater detail during your consultation at our practice.
Learn More About Female Fertility Treatment
To learn more about treating infertility and how to start the family you have always wanted, be sure to contact an experienced fertility specialist. We at the Center for Assisted Reproduction are here to help. You can reach our facility in Fort Worth by phone at (817) 924-1572, and our Bedford office at (817) 540-1157.