Our fertility specialists help patients conceive in the face of tubal infertility
Most people know that the ovaries and uterus play an important role in pregnancy. However, not everyone realizes the importance of the fallopian tubes. These delicate tubes are where the egg and the sperm come together for fertilization. They also allow the fertilized egg to move to the uterus where it will implant and grow. When tubal infertility occurs, it can interfere with both of these vital functions. Thankfully, our Las Vegas fertility specialists can diagnose and treat this type of infertility.
What can cause issues in the fallopian tubes?
Tubal infertility occurs when the fallopian tubes are damaged or blocked in some way. This makes it more difficult or even impossible for the sperm and egg to meet. If fertilization can still occur, fallopian tube damage can interfere with the fertilized egg’s ability to move to the uterus.
Many different problems can lead to this type of infertility. Below are a few common examples of issues that can cause damage or a blockage in the fallopian tubes.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Ectopic pregnancy, also known as a tubal pregnancy
- Previous surgery in or near the fallopian tubes
To diagnose issues in the fallopian tubes, our Las Vegas fertility specialists will start by taking a medical history. They can then order a test like a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to determine whether the fallopian tubes are open or blocked. Our doctors may also perform a laparoscopy to view the tubes and attempt to repair them if any damage is present.
How do our doctors treat tubal infertility?
When it comes to treatment options for this type of infertility, our Las Vegas fertility specialists may recommend surgery to repair the tubes. However, in most cases, they will suggest in vitro fertilization (IVF) to bypass the fallopian tubes.
This fertility treatment requires the patient or their egg donor to take fertility medications to stimulate egg development. One of our doctors then retrieves the eggs during a short outpatient procedure. Embryologists fertilize these eggs with sperm in the IVF lab. Finally, the doctor transfers one of the resulting embryos to the uterus, which will hopefully result in pregnancy.
If you’d like to learn more about how our team can diagnose and treat tubal infertility, contact us to schedule an appointment. We would love to help you explore your family-building options.