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Things you should know about blocked Fallopian tubes?

2020-07-24

Fallopian tubes are a part of the female reproductive organs that connect the ovaries with the uterus. Every month during ovulation, which occurs roughly in the middle of a menstrual cycle, the fallopian tubes carry an egg from an ovary to the uterus. Conception also happens in the fallopian tube. If an egg is fertilized by sperm, it moves through the tube to the uterus for implantation.

If a fallopian tube is blocked, this will lead to a blockage in the passage for sperm to get to the eggs, as well as the path back to the uterus for the fertilized egg, is blocked. Common reasons for blocked fallopian tubes include scar tissue, infection, and pelvic adhesions.

Symptoms of blocked fallopian tubes- 

There are often no symptoms of the blocked fallopian tubes, in fact many women don’t even get to know that they have blocked fallopian tubes until they try to get pregnant and have trouble conceiving. 

For some women, it might lead to mild, regular pain on one side of the abdominal wall. 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. It can increase your risk for blocked fallopian tubes.

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Blocked fallopian tubes are a major cause of infertility in women as the passage is blocked so the sperm and an egg cannot meet each other. If the tubes are fully blocked there is negligible chances of getting pregnant naturally but if the tube is partially blocked there are still slight chances of getting pregnant. In this case ( in vitro fertilization or IVF) is the best option to conceive. 

Causes of blocked fallopian tubes- 

  1. Infections caused due to sexually transmitted diseases. 
  2. Endometriosis can be another factor where there is a tissue growth outside the uterus or any previous surgery that a woman undergoes.
  3. Pelvic inflammatory diseases- This happens when the female reproductive organs are infected which in turn leads to the damage of the fallopian tubes. 

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Summary- 

The blocked fallopian tubes can be a cause of female infertility and may come in between conceiving and giving birth naturally. If you are having problems conceiving and facing complexities you should surely consider your doctor. There could be various reasons for this problem, some of which we are not aware of. 

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