Although women with one blocked fallopian tube can still get pregnant, it’s just more difficult. This is because the ovaries do not take turns to ovulate. Ovulation is at random, even though the number of times each ovary will release an egg evens out over the year.
Here’s what I mean: if your left fallopian tube is blocked, your left ovary could ovulate as many as six consecutive times over 6 cycles, which means you would not be able to conceive for 6 months. The same example applies to women whose right fallopian tubes are blocked.
There are ways for you to get pregnant – even if you have a blocked fallopian tube. Some women opt for IVF, which is costly, and it involves being injected with drugs to stimulate the production of multiple eggs, then having those eggs removed from the ovaries, so they can be fertilized in a laboratory with your partner’s sperm. The fertilized eggs are then kept in an incubator until they develop into embryos, and are ready to be transferred back to your uterus. Any remaining embryos are frozen for future use.
The problem with IVF is that its extremely expensive, and not many people can afford it. What’s more, it has a high failure rate – as much as 80% of IVF procedures do not work, so this means you have to go back for repeated cycles. Women I have spoken to who have had these procedures and failed have told me its very stressful on the body, the mind and the finances. They also reported side effects that wouldn’t go away until they had done a body cleanse.
Another option if you have a blocked fallopian tube is surgery. For example a transcervical tubal cannulation can help if the blockage is close to the uterus (proximal), but it only has a 30% success rate. Laparoscopies, or laser surgery are often recommended to women whose blockage is close to the ovaries (distal).
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