As I sat in my hospital bed hopped up on drugs and so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, my doctor proceeded to tell me that I had a blocked Fallopian tube. My blocked Fallopian tube diagnosis was devastating to say the least.
How could this be? I was only 25. What did this mean for conceiving? How would this affect my chances?
After speaking with our RE (reproductive endocrinologist), we learned that we would still be able to conceive.
We began to try naturally with the hope that it would finally happen. It did, but it didn’t last long unfortunately. About 3 days after receiving a positive result on a pregnancy test, I lost it. I was about 4 weeks and 3 days along. That was 11 months ago. We have yet to receive another positive pregnancy test.
Nobody knows why we have not been able to conceive. And that’s the very definition of unexplained infertility. Although we haven’t been able to conceive yet, I think it’s important for anyone in this position to continue to learn all that they can. After all, you are your biggest advocate.
Causes of a Blocked Fallopian Tube
Let’s continue to learn together. First, there are many causes of a blocked Fallopian tube and they can include any combination of the following:
History of an STD infection
History of abdominal surgeries
History of Ectopic Pregnancy
Prior surgery involving the Fallopian Tubes
Conceiving with One Blocked Tube
The Mayo Clinic explains how it’s possible to conceive with one blocked tube.
- You need to have at least one functioning ovary.
- You are ovulating regularly.
- Your remaining Fallopian tube is healthy and functioning properly.
You can confirm these things through a variety of at-home and quick out-patient procedures at your local hospital.
Conceiving with Both Tubes Blocked
Although it seems hopeless, you CAN still conceive with 2 blocked Fallopain tubes. Here are your options:
Selective Tubal Cannulation Surgery to open up the Fallopian Tubes
- This simple procedure costs on average $750 in the United States
- This procedure may or may not work for you depending on the type of blockage that you have. For instance, this procedure is very successful if you have a proximal tubal obstruction or the blockage is in the part of the tube closest to the womb. If the obstruction is near the end of the Fallopian tube or requires much of the tube(s) to be removed to eliminate the obstruction, this procedure may not be the best option for you.
IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)
- Although the cost for this is great, if you can somehow afford it, the rates of success are very high.
Jeff and I are in the process of deciding how we will go about our journey and what our next step will be. In the meantime, I will continue my research and educate myself on all of our options.
Just as I have mentioned before, life happens. Things don’t always go as planned