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Fallopian Tube Problems
Many women face fallopian tube problems and need surgical assistance to correct them. These problems could range from ruptures and cysts to fallopian tube pregnancies. However, several women with fallopian tube problems may not be aware of the treatments that are available. To learn more about fallopian tube problems, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.
What impact does a “slightly dilated” fallopian tube have on the ability to conceive?
In many cases, if one fallopian tube is clear and the other is blocked, a woman's chances of becoming pregnant may lowered by half. When a fallopian tube becomes dilated, it is often caused by an obstruction in the end of the tube, located far away from the uterus. Because there is an obstruction, fluid usually builds up in the tube causing the tube to dilate. This is known as hydrosalpinx and could be caused by an infection. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (
) is a common cause of hydrosalpinx which will cause inflammation of the fallopian tubes. In some cases, fluid may sometimes remain in the fallopian tubes after the PID has been healed. If the blockage can be removed, the woman's chances of becoming pregnant will increase.
Can a 46 year old women become pregnant with a blocked fallopian tube?
Case details: Stopped taking
after missing a period.
Generally, only one fallopian tube is needed to ensure the sperm can reach the ovum. Therefore, while the ability to conceive is smaller with only one fallopian tube open, it is still very possible.
If a woman was taking oral contraceptives before a missed period, usually, the chances of pregnancy are small. Furthermore, a woman at the age of 46 usually has a low chance of becoming pregnant. Having said that, the only way to be sure would be to have a blood pregnancy test two weeks after the missed period.
How does someone know if their fallopian tubes are blocked? Is pain in the side a symptom?
Generally, the only way to determine if a woman has a blocked fallopian tube is by doing a hysterosalpingography. This procedure involves placing a contrast into the uterine cavity and viewing its passage from the tubes with the help of an x-ray. If there is a fallopian tube blockage, the x-ray will pick it up.
As for pain experienced in the side, this wouldn’t necessarily indicate a blocked fallopian tube. Other issues such as cysts, tubal pregnancies or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease could be the cause of this as well. However, if the woman has a problem trying to conceive, she should visit her gynecologist and examine the possibility of blocked fallopian tubes.
Can an MRI detect a blocked fallopian tube?
Usually, an MRI is a great tool when locating growths and tumors. An MRI can also determine if something is being compressed. However, an MRI cannot determine if a fallopian tube is blocked. In order to check for a blockage in a fallopian tube, a
or a chromotubation test is usually performed.
If there is no right fallopian tube, can a woman still get pregnant if she is ovulating on the left?
In most cases, a woman can become pregnant with only one fallopian tube. If the woman is ovulating on the left, the woman's egg will travel down the left tube and meet the sperm. Since it only requires one sperm out of millions to reach the egg, pregnancy is still a possibility.
While many women face fallopian tube issues, women of child bearing age are often concerned about becoming pregnant when they know they have fallopian tube problems. In this situation, it is important to fully understand the implications of the condition. If you have any questions regarding fallopian tube problems, ask an Expert for medical insights and suggestions for proper treatment based on the facts of your case.
Recent Fallopian Tube Questions
I had a complete hysterectomy in 2000. I am 67 yrs old. I
I had a complete hysterectomy in 2000. I am 67 yrs old. I noticed today some light vaginal bleeding. What could cause this?
I ovulated around jan 6-7.Last period dec 26.Periods
I ovulated around jan 6-7.
Last period dec 26.
Periods around 26-27 days.
Thursday last week had protected sex (condom).
Later I noticed a stain on the bed. My husband did not notice anything about the condom (tear).
I still panicked. Soon to be 44. I know fertility rate is 5% at my age. Took plan b Saturday.
No spotting or period yet. Expecting period jan 21. How soon can the blood test show pregnancy.
Took early pregnancy test this morning (I know it's early) - negative. But, I am going crazy. Please, advise how soon blood test would work! Should I worry?
Hello, I started experiencing blindingly painful, irregular
Hello, I started experiencing blindingly painful, irregular menstrual cycles in January of this year (previously My cycle was always 29 days, though generally the pain was very bad). This pain kept me from driving because when an attack it was debilitating. Finally, right after thanksgiving, I had sudden severe abdominal pain unrelated to my period and went to the ER where they found an abscess on my Fallopian tube and I was hospitalized. I was negative for all stds. I received cefloxatin and doxycycline intravenously for 72 hrs and was released with a course of flaggyl and doxy for the next 10 days. My symptoms cleared up and everything seemed fine. I started my period a few days ago and tho the pain wasn't as bad as earlier in the year it was still more painful than before, and it also seemed as if the pain was worse after lying down. I started to sleep propped up which seemed to help. Also, my abdomen is distended and tender in lower portion. I typically get bloated middle during my cycle but this is lasting longer and usual and seems much more tender. My questions are these: 1) how long does it take an abscess to develop? At the hospital the doctor said this was probably a recent infection but it just seemed so severe and I have not had sex since April. 2) is the tenderness in my uterus related to the pid and this is a sign that it has not healed properly? 3) at the hospital I was given a transvaginal ultrasound- would that have also picked up fibroids or endometriosis or do they have to be specifically looking for that? Any help would be greatly appreciated- I'm driving myself crazy googling things...
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