When your fallopian tubes are blocked, getting pregnant can be extremely difficult. If you do somehow conceive through natural means, the blocked tubes could cause a dangerous ectopic pregnancy, which may be fatal if not addressed promptly. Fort Worth, TX fertility specialists Dr. Kathleen Doody and Dr. Kevin Doody can help.
The team at the Center for Assisted Reproduction would like to consider the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to address infertility caused by blocked fallopian tubes. Let’s first consider why a woman’s fallopian tubes may be blocked.
Causes of Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Some potential causes of blocked fallopian tubes include:
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - An infection or inflammatory disease affecting the pelvis can lead to scar tissue that blocked the fallopian tubes.
- Previous Abdominal Surgery - During abdominal procedures, scar tissue could potentially form that blocks the fallopian tubes.
- Endometriosis - Endometriosis causes tissue typically located within the uterus to grow outside of the uterus. This tissue can lead to the formation of cysts and scar tissue that affects the fallopian tubes.
- Past Ectopic Pregnancy - A previous ectopic pregnancy could lead to issue with the fallopian tubes. It’s not uncommon for the affected tube to become blocked.
- Fibroids - Fibroids are noncancerous growths that may wind up developing inside of the fallopian tubes, resulting in blockage.
- Certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two STDs that can cause pelvic inflammation and subsequent blockage of the fallopian tubes.
- Tubal Ligation - This form of permanent birth control involves intentionally blocking or tying off the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.
Good Candidates for IVF
During the consultation process at our Fort Worth practice, we will go over the cause or causes of your fallopian tube blockage and determine if IVF is the ideal option for treatment. In some cases, we may recommend treating the root cause of the tubal issue first rather than immediately recommending IVF. We will be sure to go over all of the risks and benefits of the procedure to ensure you get the treatment that’s best for your needs.
Why IVF May Be the Ideal Treatment Option
During IVF, viable eggs are harvested from the ovaries and fertilized in a lab setting. That means that the fallopian tubes can be bypassed completely. Once the egg has developed into an embryo, it is then transferred to a woman’s uterus where it will implant and develop.
So long as a woman’s health is otherwise unaffected by the blocked fallopian tubes, IVF should be a good option to consider to achieve pregnancy. In fact, women who have intentionally blocked their fallopian tubes though tubal ligation sometimes undergo IVF when they have second thoughts about motherhood and pregnancy.
Alternatives to IVF
If IVF is not an ideal option to achieve pregnancy, our fertility specialists can suggest alternatives.
One option could be to rely on a gestational carrier, who is a woman who carries a child to term on the behalf of an infertile couple. This option is considered when a woman’s tubal issues could also impact her own health and the health of a developing baby. Rather than risk these dangers, a gestational carrier can bypass them.
We can discuss all treatment options in greater detail during your visit.
Speak with Our Fertility Doctors
If you live in the Fort Worth area and would like to learn more about treating female infertility, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists. You can schedule a consultation at the Center for Assisted Reproduction by phone at (972) 661-9544.