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Blocked fallopian tubes are a leading cause of infertility. When a woman's fallopian tubes are obstructed, eggs released from her ovaries cannot come together with sperm and pregnancy becomes very unlikely.

When a lone sperm does make its way through, a fertilized egg will not be able to make its way to the uterus thus creating an ectopic pregnancy. It is rather important to know you have blocked fallopian tubes, in other words! 

Why would you have blocked fallopian tubes?

Blocked fallopian tubes affect 20 percent of female infertility cases. Having undergone a tubal ligation is the most common cause of blocked fallopian tubes, but you would probably be aware of that one! Scar tissue is the second most frequent cause of blocked fallopian tubes. Scar tissue can form inside the tubes as a result of endometriosis or a previous infection. Various types of infections can lead to blocked fallopian tubes. A ruptured appendix or gallbladder disease are two examples.

Pelvic injury or inflammatory bowel disease can also be to blame. Yet, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is the most frequent infection that causes blocked fallopian tubes. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, also abbreviated to PID, is an infection that can strike many parts of the reproductive system. Though PID can have many different causes, the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia is the number one cause. PID can also strike after childbirth, a miscarriage, or an abortion. An ectopic pregnancy is more likely to happen in a woman with partially blocked tubes, but a tubal pregnancy and the removal of it can also cause the blocked tubes.

What are the symptoms of blocked fallopian tubes?

Blocked fallopian tubes, and the conditions or infections that cause them, can have symptoms in some cases. It is important to note that most women who have damaged or obstructed tubes will either not have any symptoms, or will not recognize them as being a problem because they are often very vague. Pelvic pain is the most common symptom of blocked fallopian tubes. Now, what woman in her childbearing years doesn't experience a bit of pelvic pain sometimes? Achy feelings in the abdomen may be linked to menstruation and ovulation, and it is hard to tell whether these symptoms are the result of a medical problem or simply of being a woman!

Severe, stabbing pelvic pain (especially on one side of the body) is a clearer sign of trouble, and can be one of the symptoms of blocked fallopian tubes. Once again, this can be the result of quite a few reproductive issues, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Pain, and especially heavy pain that stops you from carrying out daily activities at least for a while, is always a wonderful reason to seek medical assistance. Do not ignore this symptom and hope it will go away, but see your doctor. The other common symptom of blocked fallopian tubes takes longer to discover, but hurts just as much. It is the inability to get pregnant. Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant within 12 months of trying. If you and your partner have been trying for a baby for a year or longer, then you should not hesitate to talk to an OBGYN about it. You can be sure that blocked fallopian tubes will be one of the first things that will be examined.

Getting pregnant with blocked fallopian tubes

Those women who have been diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes should not be trying to get pregnant naturally, and should really not have sex without condoms at all. Getting pregnant naturally with blocked fallopian tubes is highly unlikely, but if you do conceive it is much more likely to result in an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies cannot be carried to term and can quickly turn into life-threatening situations for the mother as well. It is possible to surgically unblock blocked fallopian tubes in some cases. There are several surgical procedures that unblock fallopian tubes, used in different situations. You can read more about these procedures in my previous post, blocked fallopian tubes treatment. In short, these procedures either remove a damage part of the fallopian tube and reattach the healthy parts, or remove whatever is blocking the tubes. If your surgery is successful, you may be able to get pregnant naturally. IVF is another viable option for women who have blocked fallopian tubes.

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