Harvard Mental Health Letter

Treating blocked fallopian tubes

Question:

I am 39 years old, and was just diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes. Is my only option to have children through IVF due to my age? Can I have the tubes unblocked and then have artificial insemination since that's cheaper?

Answer:

A blockage of the fallopian tubes is one of the most common causes of infertility. It accounts for about one third of cases in women. However, determining the best way to treat it is a complex problem without a single, clear answer.

The blockage may have come from scar tissue caused by a pelvic infection, endometriosis, or pelvic surgery.

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