Causes of Poorly Functioning Fallopian Tubes


Tubal disease affects approximately 25% of infertile couples and varies widely, ranging from mild adhesions to complete tubal blockage.  Treatment for tubal disease is most commonly surgery and, owing to the advances in microsurgery and lasers, success rates (defined as the number of women who become pregnant within one year of surgery) are as high as 30% overall, causes of infertility
with certain procedures having success rates up to 65%.  The main causes of tubal damage include:

(1) Infection 
     Caused by both bacteria and viruses and usually transmitted sexually, these infections commonly cause inflammation 
     resulting in scarring and damage.  A specific example is Hydrosalpnix, a condition in which the fallopian tube is occluded at 
     both ends and fluid collects in the tube.

(2) Abdominal Diseases 
      The most common of these are appendicitis and colitis, causing inflammation of the abdominal cavity which can affect the 
      fallopian tubes and lead to scarring and blockage.causes of infertility

(3) Previous Surgeries 
     This is an important cause of tubal disease and damage.  Pelvic or abdominal surgery can result in adhesions that alter the 
     tubes in such a way that eggs cannot travel through them.

(4) Ectopic Pregnancy 
      This is a pregnancy that occurs in the tube itself and, even if carefully and successfully overcome, may cause tubal damage 
      and is a potentially life-threatening condition.causes of infertility

(5) Congenital Defects 
      In rare cases, women may be born with tubal abnormalities, usually associated with uterus irregularities.


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