Blocked tubes…one of those phrases we associated with the extremely promiscuous in my ignorant days. Right from when I was a teenager, hearing that a woman had blocked fallopian tubes was akin to a death knell, a definite sentence for infertility, caused by having slept with hundreds of men and having had countless abortions. How foolish and naïve I was! Years later, surgery to remove uterine fibroids led to the partial blockage of one of my tubes.

What exactly are Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

When ovulation occurs, an egg is released from one of the ovaries. It then travels from the ovary, through the fallopian tubes, and into the uterus. These tubes are also the medium through which sperm swim to get the egg. Fertilization usually takes place as the egg is making its way through the tube.


Blocked fallopian tubes occur in the event of an obstruction that prevents the egg from traveling down the fallopian tube, and can occur on one, or both, sides. It is the cause of infertility in 40% of infertile women. Wow!


Unfortunately, this is usually one of those silent devils that wreak their havoc with little or no signs. However, some of the causes of blocked tubes, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, do cause painful menstruation, and uncomfortable, even painful, sex. So this could be a yellow flag… but very often not necessarily an indicator of blocked tubes.

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