Tubal factor infertility affects 1 in 4 infertile couples in the United States, making it far too common. Tubal problems can be the cause of unexplained infertility, and may be caused by endometriosis and untreated STDs. With your fallopian tubes blocked, you may have trouble getting pregnant.
Don’t Let Your Fertility Go Down the Tubes
The following 2 tests can help determine tubal factor infertility:
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): The HSG is an x-ray screening tool to determine uterine issues. This can screen for endometrial polyps, adhesions or fibroids. The HSG test can also show blockages or damage to your fallopian tubes and can determine if a laparoscopy is necessary.
- Laparoscopy: A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that can determine any tubal blockage or damage. This procedure requires general anesthesia. A slight incision in your abdomen, and your doctor will insert a laparoscope into your abdomen, to view your pelvic region. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you can choose the best treatment option for you.
Tubal Factor Infertility Treatment
To open up any blockages and fix tubal damage, your doctor can perform reconstructive surgery, such as a selective tubal canulation or transcervical tubal canulation. This may be one of the easiest ways to restore your fertility and get pregnant naturally.
Tubal Factor Infertility and IVF
In vitro fertilization (IVF) can help some women with moderate to severe tubal damage conceive without going through reconstructive surgery. In some cases, women need a complete removal of the fallopian tubes to have success with IVF. However, your doctor may recommend trying reconstructive surgery before IVF.
Avoiding tubal problems can be as simple as safe sex and living a healthy lifestyle. Get treated for any sexually transmitted infections and protect your health. Tubal factor infertility is common and often able to be treated.