How To Get Pregnant Fast With One Fallopian Tube
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Dr. Namita Kotia has been practicing infertility treatment at Aastha Fertility Care since 2010, and during this time, she has helped around 2000+ couples become parents through IVF treatment and also other assisted reproductive technology (ART) methods like ICSI, IUI, GIFT, etc. Dr. Namita provides her patients with the best possible care and treatment options.
What Are Fallopian Tubes?
Connecting between the uterus and the ovaries, the Fallopian Tubes work as one of the major female reproductive organs looking like a couple of thin tubes. Fallopian Tubes surround the uterus from both sides.
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This feminine organ helps transport the fertilized, implantable eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes will hinder your fertility, reducing your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
Affect of Blocked Fallopian Tubes on Pregnancy
Blocked Fallopian Tubes are generally caused by the damaged tissue produced due to injury or damage, which impacts your ability to get pregnant. It happens when one or both of your fallopian tubes has a blockage, and this blockage prevents sperm and egg from meeting and fertilising, which makes it hard for you to get pregnant. More than 30% of the females in this world face this infertility problem, and there are many cases where women are found with only one fallopian tube since birth. But, there’s still hope that women can get pregnant with blocked fallopian tubes.
Types of Fallopian Tube Blockage
There are mainly 3 types of Blockages found in the Fallopian Tubes:
Proximal Tubal Occlusion
This type of fallopian tube blockage involves the isthmus (a part of the fallopian tube about 2 cm long) connecting the ampulla to the uterus. This problem occurs due to the complications associated with abortion or pelvic inflammatory diseases.
Obstruction of Midsegment Tubal
The operation, infection, or surgery: any of these reasons can trigger mid-fallopian tube blockages as this area is thin and weak, so it is more susceptible to damage.
DTO (Distal Tubal Occlusion)
Being adjacent to the ovaries, distal tubal occlusion is usually the result of the obstructed fallopian tube. It happens after as an effect of a sexually transmitted disease, namely ‘Chlamydia’ or ‘Gonorrhea.’
What Can Cause Your Fallopian Tube To Be Congested?
There are many reasons for Blocked Fallopian Tubes and these blocked paths may pose a structural effect on fertility.
The primary one is the Scar Tissues and Pelvic Adhesion. Other reasons can be:
- Pelvic Inflammation
Pelvic inflammation causes most of the blocked tubes. It causes the tubes to be blocked because infections such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea are transferred during sexual intercourse from the male body to the female body. And this inflammation can also occur outside the tube due to an infection from other organs in the appendix.
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- Disease Since Birth
This condition is slightly rare, but it can also happen that this problem has been in you since birth time.
- Accidental Damage Following Other Surgery
Any surgery leads to scar tissue, and if the quantity is excessive, changes can be a potential reason for blocked fallopian tubes.
- Severe Endometriosis
In the Tube, causes of endometriosis can build endometrial tissues, it causes very painful and heavy periods and pelvic pain leading to blockages.
- Growth of Fibroid
This blocks the path from the uterus to the fallopian tubes. It blocks the transfer of the mature egg from the ovary to the uterus, making it hard to get pregnant.
Is Pregnancy Possible With One Fallopian Tube?
Yes, you can get achieve pregnancy with one blocked fallopian tube.
But you must ensure that the other fallopian tube is all in good condition, you have no known infertility factors, you are healthy, and you menstruate regularly (every 21 to 35 days or so).
Because health and age play an important role when it comes to egg quality when one tube is not there, and yes, (there are also cases where many females are born with only one Fallopian Tube) in that case the other tube moves over to the opposite and and “picks up” an available egg. The sperm and the egg demand a clear pathway to do their job well; even if one tube is not working, the other tube will do its job.
One open and healthy tube is enough for a successful conception.
5 Steps For Pregnancy With A Single Fallopian Tube
- Getting pregnant with one fallopian tube working is possible, but if both tubes are blocked, it is impossible without treatment.
- Recognize if you have open or closed fallopian tubes
- Understanding why fallopian tubes are important in getting pregnant is crucial.
- Knowing whether you have open or blocked fallopian tubes can make the task of getting pregnant much easier.
- Blocked fallopian tubes don’t come with any symptoms, women get aware of those only when they try to conceive and are unsuccessful.
Few Signs That You May Experience:
- One-sided abdominal pain.
- Heavy and excruciating painful periods accompanied by pelvic pain.
A blocked or damaged fallopian tube prevents the egg from meeting the sperm, resulting in unsuccessful pregnancies, so it becomes important to know whether you are suffering from any blocked fallopian tube problem or not.
- Check on your Periods
A regular menstrual cycle (every 21-35 days) is a must for getting pregnant successfully with only one fallopian tube.
The fallopian tube must be clear and healthy, and your age and health will also determine whether you will become pregnant. The quality of the egg produced decreases as women age. If the unhealthy eggs become true, the chances of successfully getting pregnant become slim.
- The Male Partner’s fertility also matters.
The reproductive health of your male partner is just as important as yours. If he has any of the following infertility factors: poor sperm quality, sexual or erectile dysfunction, and anatomical abnormalities, it will be difficult for him to become pregnant.
If you know that only one of your fallopian tubes is functioning properly, testing your male partner for infertility is just as important as testing yourself.
Choose Your Treatment To Getting Pregnant With One Fallopian Tube
These three types of surgeries are often recommended to women trying to get pregnant with one Fallopian Tube.
The selection of treatment options needs to be based on your unique needs, which would eventually give you the best chance of a healthy pregnancy.
The three common surgeries are:
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Tubal Ligation Reversal Surgery (TLRS)
- In-Vitro Fertilization(IVF).
- Laparoscopic Surgery
This is recommended when you are experiencing pelvic pain or to diagnose if you have infertility issues.
Often this surgery treats some causes of infertility and allows pregnancy naturally without treatment.
A small incision in the patient’s belly button is made in laparoscopy, and a telescope is inserted through it. The process begins from then on.
Normally one should be fit within two to three days of this surgery.
- TLRS (Tubal Ligation Reversal Surgery)
It may be possible to repair a damaged fallopian tube. However, the blockage or damage condition will be an important factor for it. The position of the tube also plays an equally important role. Through this surgery, the parts of the blocked or cut tube are again reconnected, and the eggs(embryo) are made to travel again through it.
But even if you have the surgery, there’s no guarantee of you getting pregnant. Success rates range between 40% to 80%. Success depends on your age and other health-related factors also.
- IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization)
Assisted reproductive technology is probably the most fruitful form of IVF. Sperms and eggs of the couple are used for this treatment.
The travel path of the eggs or embryo to the uterus is hindered by any kind of blockage of the fallopian subsistence; during this method, fertilization of sperm and eggs is done in the lab after collecting the same from the couple.
The fertilized eggs(embryos) are then transported to a uterus, implantation is done, and pregnancy starts. 3 weeks is the normal time for One Full cycle of IVF.
If complications arise, the process is bifurcated into different parts, which sometimes delays the overall procedure.