You were just diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes or fallopian tubes that are swollen and clogged with fluid which is called hydrosalpinx. Your OB-GYN says you can have surgery to open the tubes which is called a Salpingostomy (also called neosalpingostomy) but the documented rates of pregnancy after a salpingostomy is not stellar…pregnancy rates after a salpingostomy is 32.5% (3). If surgically opening the blocked tube is not an option, you may be offered IVF counseling.
Once you get to IVF counseling it will be recommended that the blocked fallopian tube should be surgically removed, thus leaving you sterile forever. The only way to get pregnant after a salpingectomy (removal of one or both fallopian tubes) is through IVF. The IVF doctors are absolutely correct; removing the fallopian tube does increases the success rate of IVF implantation the first round to 28% (2). That is still not a very high pregnancy rate. Let’s look at the side effects of having your fallopian tube removed. This article will discuss the pros and cons of having the fallopian tube removed to conceive and your other available options.
The Pros of Having Fallopian Tubes Removed (Salpingectomy)
Why do fertility doctors strongly encourage a salpingectomy before IVF if there is a blocked fallopian tube? The surgery significantly increases the chance of becoming pregnant with IVF implantation. If you choose NOT to have your tubes removed before attempting IVF, the rate of implantation is 12.3% The chances of conceiving after having your fallopian tube removed via IVF doubles from a 12.3% to 28.2%. (2) It is true, that a salpingectomy does double your chances of getting pregnant; however, there is still less than a 30% chance of implantation. In short, just because your chances have significantly improved you are not guaranteed a high chance of success.
The Cons of Having Fallopian Tubes Removed
What are the side effects of having your fallopian tubes surgically removed? There are numerous side effects of a salpingectomy including being irreversibly sterile. The only way you will be able to conceive is through IVF.
Research shows that people who have their fallopian tubes removed have an increased risk of anxiety and depression. The risk of depression for women was 2.34 times greater after salpingectomy. (1)
Let’s face it, a salpingectomy is a minimally invasive surgery. And there are risks associated with surgery and general anesthesia, these risks can be as innocuous as nausea and hair breakage to severe side effects including infection and chronic pain.
John Hopkins states the risk and complications of a salpingectomy are:
- Unintended injury to organ in the abdomen
- Scar tissue
- Chronic pain
- Converting the laparoscopy surgery to a laparotomy (a longer incision).
Many women also report major side effects with IVF such as hormonal swings, emotional upheaval, astronomical cost for merely one round of IVF, requiring multiple attempts (rounds) of IVF, and mental fatigue.
The Doctor is Insisting on Removing My Fallopian Tubes.
Is There Really Any Other Viable Option?
Your doctor is insisting you must have your fallopian tubes surgically removed. You may be scared, upset, and seeking other options that don’t require surgery. Are there other options for getting pregnant and keeping your fallopian tubes?
Clear passage is a deep manual therapy that has a better success at clearing tubes than surgery and a better pregnancy rate than IVF! Clear Passage opens fallopian tube with a documented rate of 61% but more importantly Clear Passage Therapies has a successful pregnancy rate of 57%! (4) The worst side effect noted after treatment was abdominal tenderness. In contrast, the rate of pregnancy after salpingostomy (opening fallopian tubes) is 32.5% and the rate of implantation via IVF AFTER salpingectomy (surgical removal of fallopian tube) is 28.2% making Clear Passage the most successful option.
Which Option is Best for You?
You need to make a decision that is right for you! You need to consider your financial situation, your family circumstances, and your emotional well-being. If you decide to try a well-researched, all-natural, no side effect way of opening your fallopian tubes, contact Clear Passage.
1L Luo , S Z Wu, C Zhu, Q Fan, K Liu, G Sun (1996) Psychological long-term effects of sterilization on anxiety and depression, Contraception Dec;54(6):345-57. doi: 10.1016/s0010-7824(96)00200-4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8968663/#:~:text=All%20eight%20indicators%20of%20depression,significantly%20higher%20among%20sterilized%20subjects
2T Mardesić,, P Muller, R Huttelová, J Zvárová, J Hulvert, J Voboril, V Becvárová, M Miková, K Landová, M Jirkovský (2001) Effect of salpingectomy on the results of IVF in women with tubal sterility–prospective study Ceska Gynekol Jul;66(4):259-64 PMID: 11569422 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11569422/
3Kéita Soumaila, Traoré Youssouf2, Soumaré Lamine, Koumaré Sekou, Sacko, Camara Aboubacar, Camara Moussa, Sissoko Moussa, Abdoulaye Sissoko, Koita Adama,Sanogo Z. Zimogo (2019) Fertility after Neosalpingostomy through Laparoscopic Way in Point “G” Teaching Hospital, Surgical Science, vol 10, 49-58 https://www.scirp.org/pdf/SS_2019021516351016.pdf
4Belinda F. Wurn, PT; Lawrence J. Wurn, LMT; C. Richard King, MD; Marvin A. Heuer, MD; Amanda S. Roscow, MPT; Kimberley Hornberger, PTA, LMT; Eugenia S. Scharf, PhD (2008) Treating Fallopian Tube Occlusion With a Manual Pelvic Physical Therapy (highlighted in Contemporary Ob/Gyn – Noninvasive Pelvic Physical Therapy Opens Occluded Fallopian Tubes) Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, vol 14 (1), 18-23 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18251317/