Is there any link between a severe ruptured appendix and later
Pregnancy is the end result of many complex functions in both the
male and female reproductive tracts. One critical step in the
process is the egg and sperm meeting and joining together before
being transported to the womb to develop. Open and healthy
fallopian tubes are necessary for this to occur. The fallopian
tubes can be damaged by prior pelvic inflammation, including
inflammation caused by appendicitis.
Most women with a history of appendicitis do not become
infertile, and treatment is available for women who have
difficulty conceiving. If the tubes are kinked or blocked by scar
tissue, surgery can restore the tubes. The surgery is often done
through a laparoscope. If the tubes are severely damaged, in
vitro fertilization (IVF) can be performed. In IVF, the egg and
sperm are mixed outside the body and then placed in the uterus.
This process bypasses the fallopian tubes.
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