Are you experiencing severe pain on one side of the abdomen? Do you have pelvic pain and irregular vaginal discharge, or are you suffering from infertility? Then it would help if you got a check-up from your doctor; you could be suffering from a blocked fallopian tube, In this article, we will read about Blocked fallopian tubes.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, from “Babies & Us IVF and ICSI Centre” one of the best IVF centres in Mumbai, has been acclaimed as a pioneer in the field of gynecology and has been rewarded for his work.
Read on to know more about blocked fallopian tubes,
What is meant by blocked fallopian tubes?
First, we will see what fallopian tubes are – fallopian tubes also called uterine tubes, are oviducts that connect the ovaries to the uterus.
During ovulation which happens during the menstrual cycle, these fallopian tubes carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus and sperm to travel up towards the womb. If the fallopian tube is blocked, the passage for the fertilized eggs to implant in the uterus is blocked.
Causes of blocked fallopian tubes
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, one of the best IVF doctors in Delhi, says that fallopian tubes can be blocked for many reasons.
Some causes of blocked fallopian tubes
Pelvic Inflammatory disease(PID): Chlamydia and Gonorrhea commonly cause PIDs. Chronic PID may result in hydrosalpinx (refers to a fallopian tube blocked by watery fluid)
Adhesions: Adhesions are scar-like tissue that joins two internal body surfaces; in the case of fallopian blockage, the adhesions are formed between the fallopian tubes and ovaries, which prevents the tubes from carrying sperm or embryos.
Appendix burst: If The appendix bursts, it can cause infections in the pelvic region, leading to hydrosalpinx.
Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a disease wherein the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, sometimes around the ovaries and the fallopian tube thereby compressing it.
Some other causes include:
Past stomach surgery
Unnatural birth cycle
Symptoms of blocked fallopian tubes.
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Severe lower abdominal pain
Painful sexual intercourse
Treatment for blocked fallopian tubes
Please note that it is possible to get pregnant if one of the two fallopian tubes is open. Treatment for blocked fallopian tubes in India depends on the patient’s conditions and preferences.
If the tube is blocked with small debris or scars, the doctor can remove it using tubal cannulation with a Terumo guidewire under laparoscopic. If the fallopian tube is blocked by large debris or scarring, the doctor might not be able to remove them, says one of the best IVF specialists in India.
Women can undergo an IVF treatment – In certain instances, skipping the Fallopian tubes and going straight to IVF is the best course of action for obstructed Fallopian tubes. Ovulation inducement, egg extraction, fertilization, embryo transfer, and progesterone administration for two weeks after the transfer is all components of this technique.
Sometimes it is difficult to remove the hydrosalpinx because of strong adhesions to nearby structures, such as the bowels. Additionally, if the surgeon attempts to remove such challenging
hydrosalpinges, the blood flow to the ovaries may be impeded, depleting the ovarian reserve. Therefore, it is best to disconnect the hydrosalpinx using cautery, ligature, or harmonic scalpel in such cases.
The surgeons can also prevent hydrosalpinx by placing a clip at the intersection of the fallopian tube and uterus. Before IVF, the pregnancy rate improved by as much as 50% following hydrosalpinx removal.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, one of the best IVF doctors in Mumbai, says that it is not easy to deal with blocked fallopian tubes, especially for those women who want to have a baby.
Some treatments can help repair and recover the blocked fallopian tubes.