Fallopian tubes are a part of the female reproductive system which joins the ovaries to the uterus. They are 10-12 centimeters in length and are present on either side of the uterus. Their main function is to transport the egg from the ovary to the uterus. Sometimes, due to specific reasons the fallopian tubes get obstructed which prevent the egg from traveling into the uterus.
Reasons for a Blocked Fallopian Tube
Salpingitis is the most prominent cause of blocked tubes. It is the infection or the inflammation of the fallopian tubes which causes them to swell. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or other types of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) can also cause fallopian tubes to get obstructed. The following are the other reasons:
- Adhesion due to previous surgery of fallopian tubes
- Surgery in pelvis
- Previous ectopic pregnancy
- History of uterine infection
- Tubal ligation procedures
Signs and Symptoms of Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Unfortunately, the symptoms are not very prominent and hence, are not easily identified. Some women do not experience any symptoms at all. Also, whatever vague symptoms are observed depend on the cause and vary according to it. If the blockage is caused due to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), the woman may experience pain during menstruation. Similarly, pain during sexual intercourse can be experienced if fallopian tubes are blocked due to infections. On the other hand, abdominal pain is a symptom of hydrosalpinx.
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