Blocked Fallopian Tubes

Fallopian tubes connect a woman’s ovaries to the uterus—allowing sperm to reach an ovulated egg and a fertilised egg to travel through the tube to implant in the lining of the womb. Sometimes, an obstruction can occur in one or both tubes. Blocked fallopian tubes are one of the main causes of female infertility.

Common questions

How are blocked fallopian tubes diagnosed?

How can blocked fallopian tubes be treated?

Unfortunately, true fallopian tube blockage can rarely be treated however IVF can overcome tubal factor infertility.

If you only have one blocked tube, your fertility specialist may recommend you keep trying to conceive naturally - as this is still possible. Alternatively, oral or low dose injection medications can be used to boost natural fertility with the hope that the normal tube will allow fertilisation and transport of a potential embryo to the uterus.

If both tubes appear to be blocked on imaging, then laparoscopic surgery may be offered to assess the pelvis and allow any adhesions or disease process to be treated with the hope that the tubes regain some function.

IVF overcomes tubal factor subfertility. IVF bypasses the need for fertilisation to occur in the fallopian tubes by collecting eggs from the woman and introducing eggs to sperm in the IVF laboratory. Once fertilisation occurs and an embryo is formed, an embryo is placed directly into the uterus through the cervix.

Concerned you may have blocked fallopian tubes?

Why not book a consult with one of our expert fertility specialists. They can answer any questions you may have and construct a treatment plan especially for you.

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