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Any blockage in the fallopian tubes can cause infertility in women. This may be caused by inflammation, surgery, infection, or adhesion.
While medical intervention is necessary for the treatment of fallopian tube obstruction, inculcating healthy habits and making lifestyle changes can help in managing the condition.
The following noninvasive therapies, along with the standard medical treatment, may aid in the unblocking of the fallopian tubes.
Note: Use these therapies only after discussing them with your doctor. Moreover, these therapies should be performed with the help of an expert.
1. Manual pelvic physical therapy
Blocked fallopian tubes can sometimes cause abdominal and pelvic pain. Manual pelvic physical therapy (MPPT) has been shown to relieve this kind of pelvic pain in some studies. (1)(2)
Moreover, MPPT may be used as an adjunct to standard gynecological procedures in treating tubal occlusion. (3)
Acupuncture has been long used for treating various problems, including menstrual pain and infertility. (4) It is also found to be effective in treating fallopian tube obstruction when used as a complementary treatment. (5)
Lifestyle Tips for Managing the Symptoms
The following tips can help in improving the symptoms of underlying issues, such as endometriosis and also prevent complications.
1. Eat a balanced diet
It is recommended to consume a balanced diet as a preventive measure against chronic diseases. The diet should have a balance of all nutrients and should be low in fat and sugar. Consumption of anti-inflammatory foods may also be helpful.
2. Quit smoking
Epidemiological studies show that cigarette smoking is one of the major contributors to ectopic tubal pregnancy. (6) Therefore, it is essential to avoid smoking to improve your overall health and reduce the risk of ectopic pregnancy and its related complications.
3. Avoid stress
Increased stress levels have a negative impact on the reproductive health of both men and women and lower the serum testosterone levels. (7) Psychological stress increases the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone), which causes deterioration of oocyte quality. (8)
Practicing yoga before treatment may help in reducing stress and thus may increase the success rate of the treatment.
4. Avoid alcohol and caffeine
A considerable number of couples attempting conception or even pregnant women are consuming alcohol, despite its association with multiple reproductive risks. (9)
One study stated that women with high alcohol consumption were predisposed to infertility. (10)
Most-Asked Questions About Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Can one get pregnant after surgery?
Tubal surgery can help in opening up the blocked fallopian tubes. However, the chances of conceiving are highly dependent on the age of the woman, the health of the partner’s sperm, and the extent of damage in the tubes.
Can one get pregnant if only one tube is blocked?
If one of your fallopian tubes is healthy, you may be able to get pregnant, provided that the ovary is functional, and your menstrual cycles are regular. If you face trouble getting pregnant, it is recommended to seek help from your gynecologist or reproductive endocrinologist.
What is tubal ligation?
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that interrupts the fallopian tubes and acts as permanent birth control. It is also known as female sterilization or “getting your tubes tied.” It does not affect your menstrual cycle or sexual intercourse but prevents pregnancy.
Can IVF solve all infertility issues?
While IVF is highly useful, it may not work in all cases of infertility since its success depends on various factors, including the age of the female partner, the reason for infertility, hormonal and biological conditions, and the number of embryos transferred.
Other assistive reproductive procedures, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction (OI) with medications, may be helpful in certain cases before trying for IVF.
Does IVF cause multiple pregnancy births?
The risk of multiple pregnancies may increase due to the medication used for increasing or inducing ovulation. In IVF, the chances of multiple pregnancies increase with the number of embryos transferred.
Multifetal pregnancies significantly increase the risk of complications for the mother and the pregnancy.
Infertility caused by a blockage in the fallopian tubes is known as tubal factor infertility. This may be rectified through IVF or surgery. It is recommended to make changes to your lifestyle and try some alternative therapies to support treatment.Continue ReadingBlocked Fallopian Tubes: Causes, Treatment, and Complications
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