Blocked Fallopian Tubes or Tubes Tied - Why and How to Reverse

Published: 02nd December 2009
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Blocked fallopian tubes cause all manner of heartbreak. Nothing is more disconcerting than trying to get pregnant and then finding out you can't due to tubal blockage. Even women who have had their tubes tied can end up regretting their infertility. What causes blocked fallopian tubes and what can be done to achieve a pregnancy?

Let's start with the first group of women. These are women who are trying to get pregnant and after a time go to their doctor to find out why it's not happening. They end up with the disheartening news that they have blocked tubes or one is blocked. What caused this to happen?

Unfortunately, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is the major cause of blocked fallopian tubes. PID's major cause is bacteria that gets shoved up into the uterus and traveling to the fallopian tubes causing an infection and inflammation. The major sources of this bacteria are sexually transmitted diseases, mostly chlamydia and gonorrhea.

However, there are other sources of PID and blocked fallopian tubes. These factors include abdominal surgery, IUD use, douching, multiple sex partners, abortion, or anything which may introduce the bacteria that gets past the cervix.

If you do have infertility caused by PID, you are far from being alone. It is estimated that there are around a million cases of PID in women every year in the U.S. alone. However, some cases are so mild as to go unreported. One case of PID can be the precursor to more cases with each having a multiplying affect on the damage done to the tubes.

In fact, after one episode of PID 12% of women will become infertile. If more episodes happen, the infertility rate can reach 50% at three episodes. Around 100,000 women learn they are infertile due to PID each year. This is why if you even have a hint that you might have an infection, you should visit your doctor right away.

Turning to the women who have had their tubes tied, we learn that some of them also have changed their minds. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 25% of women who have had tubal ligation regret their decision. That's almost a million women a year who have changed their minds in the age group of 15 - 44.

You might wonder why they change their minds. Each woman will have a different reason. However, it mostly comes down to a few. Mostly, having their tubes tied was done during a previous relationship. Something happens and that relationship is gone but a new one has developed. Usually the new couple wants to have their own child. This leads to regret for having had tubes tied.

Other reasons happen, too. A woman may be suffering from post tubal ligation syndrome and want relief. Her religious convictions become stronger. She wishes to feel whole again. She feels guilt. Sadly, for some women, it is the loss of a child that causes the change of mind and heart.

For all of these women, either those with blocked fallopian tubes or with tubes tied, there are two options for another pregnancy. These options are IVF or tubal surgery. For women who have had tubal ligation, tubal surgery is usually called tubal reversal.

Most women who had tubal ligation will benefit most from tubal reversal surgery. Women who have blocked tubes will need to visit with a well qualified tubal surgeon to see if this will be the best course for them. If not, then IVF may be the next best option.

As it is on average more costly and less successful over time than tubal surgery, you really want to check the surgery out first. However, it is extremely important that you get a surgeon who specializes in this type of surgery to achieve your best chance for success for fixing your blocked fallopian tubes or reversing having your tubes tied.

Check out the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center at for the best tubal surgeon for your blocked fallopian tubes or for reversing having had your tubes tied. Read the resources available. Ask the staff your questions. Meet other women on the message board.

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