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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 (PID) 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 oral contraceptives 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 hysterosalpingogram 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.
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