Tubal Factor Infertility
IHR provides effective treatment programs for tubal factor infertility.
Tubal factor infertility accounts for as many as a quarter of all cases of infertility. This category includes cases in which the woman has completely blocked fallopian tubes and also women who have either one blocked tube or tubal scarring or other tubal damage. Most tubal disease is caused by an episode of tubal infections (pelvic inflammatory disease, PID) or a condition called endometriosis or scar tissue that forms after a pelvic surgery. The IHR tubal factor infertility experts work closely with couples undergoing the many different types of assisted fertility treatments available. We are renowned for our specialized knowledge and high infertility success rates even in difficult cases. IHR's expertise in tubal factor infertility lies in our willingness and ability to individualize our approach to best suit each and every one of our patients. If you have any questions as you review the material on tubal factor infertility, please contact us for a FREE Tubal Factor Infertility E-Mail Consultation.
In cases of relatively minor tubal damage it can be difficult to be certain that the infertility problem is solely due to the tubal damage. There may be other significant contributing causes that are resulting in the problem conceiving. In general, the standard infertility testing is performed on all couples and if no other cause of infertility is found, the presumptive diagnosis can be tubal factor. However, if the degree of tubal scarring is very minimal, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility may be warranted.
In most cases, any minor damage to the tubes does not account for infertility. It has to be carefully diagnosed whether the infertility problem is only due to tubal damage, or if some other secondary infertility factor also exists.
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) can be performed to investigate the problem. This is an x-ray exam done in a radiology department. The dye is injected through the cervix into the uterine cavity. If the fallopian tubes are open, the dye flows through the tubes and into the abdominal cavity. Sometimes after a tubal reversal, the dye can be seen changing diameters as it passes across the specific site of the tubal reversal.
Even if the HSG is good (meaning that there is good flow of dye through the tubes), this does not mean that the tubal function is normal. The inside layer of the fallopian tube can be brutally damaged even if the tube is open. Tubes that have damage to the inside cell layer may be the factor of the tubal infertility problem even though the tube is open.
Tubal factor infertility can be treated with tubal surgery or in vitro fertilization. Our physicians have extensive experience with the treatment of tubal occlusions and with trans-vaginal catheter techniques for many years. We have helped many couples overcome tubal factor infertility.
IHR has treatments for a variety of conditions, including ovulatory dysfunctions, endometriosis, immunological infertility and many others. Perhaps less known is our work with individuals and couples who are considering assisted reproduction, but who are uncertain of their next step. We encourage anyone, before they make a decision, to consult with us. Currently, we are offering a FREE Tubal Factor Infertility E-Mail Consultation.