Opening Blocked Fallopian Tubes – Naturally
Clear Passage® has excellent published results opening totally blocked fallopian tubes, including swollen tubes (hydrosalpinx). In a large study, we opened tubes in 143 (of 235) women who came to us with total bilateral occlusion – both tubes totally blocked. Of these, 80 became pregnant naturally within a year after we opened their tubes, and one became pregnant via IVF (a 57% pregnancy rate). We open tubes in 69% of women who have never had surgery on their tubes, and 35% of women whose tubes have undergone prior surgical repair – the lower number likely due to post-surgical scarring on the delicate fallopian tubes.
Besides measuring success opening tubes and pregnancies, we frequently test our therapy with “before and after” tests such as the ones shown below. Using independent data, we can see whether tubes have opened and if the uterus is squeezed in a straitjacket of adhesions (as shown on the left of these images), or ‘relaxed, open and receptive for implantation’ such as the one shown in the ‘AFTER’ images on the right.
The white parts of these x-rays show a woman’s reproductive tract “Before and After Therapy.” Diagnosed totally infertile due to tubal blockage, the patient chose our ‘hands-on’ therapy to decrease undetected adhesions in her uterus and fallopian tubes. After therapy she was diagnosed fertile, fully able to conceive.
In the LEFT IMAGE (Before Therapy), dye enters the white area showing the inner walls of the uterus but cannot exit (shown in red circles); these tubes are blocked.
In the RIGHT IMAGE (After Therapy) dye fills the uterus, then pours out of both fallopian tubes (shown in green circles); these tubes are wide open.
In the LEFT IMAGE (Before Therapy) dye enters the white area showing the inner walls a uterus that is quite narrowed, squeezed by adhesions (in red circle). This woman will have more difficulty conceiving or carrying a baby to full term (risk of miscarriage).
In the RIGHT IMAGE (After Therapy), dye fills a uterus that has been freed from constricting adhesions (in green circle). The increased mobility creates a much more relaxed organ, one that is much more capable of accepting an implanted embryo and carrying it to full term.
We Open Blocked Fallopian Tubes Without Surgery
Clear Passage®️ is a world leader with over three decades of experience opening and returning full function to blocked fallopian tubes (including swollen tubes) without surgery. The therapy, which can feel like a deep massage, has been shown to decrease the adhesions that are the primary cause of blocked tubes. These internal scars can form after a surgery, injury, infection, or endometriosis. They can act like a glue in the female reproductive tract, blocking fallopian tubes, binding or squeezing structures like internal straitjackets.
Over 1,000 babies have been born to women diagnosed infertile after treatment at Clear Passage®️ clinics. In published studies, the therapy has been shown to open totally blocked fallopian tubes in most women, followed by one or more natural pregnancies for many of them.
Clear Passage®️ cannot open tubes that were intentionally closed by a surgeon. Women with tubes that were surgically closed and never reopened may benefit from our pre-IVF therapy.
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Causes and Frequency of Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Fallopian tubes are the delicate environment where life begins. Each of these two structures is the place where a one-celled egg can meet a sperm, creating a life that will continue its journey to implantation in the uterus. As such, this tiny organ must be able to function freely and without restriction for a pregnancy to occur.
Tubal disease, generally defined as blocked fallopian tube or tubal occlusion accounts for 20% to 30% of all female infertility. The primary causes of tubal blockage are internal scars called adhesions. These glue-like bonds form in the reproductive tract as the body’s initial response to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), endometriosis, sexually transmitted infection, a prior surgery or ectopic pregnancy.
After adhesions first form, they can remain in the body for a lifetime. When they form at the distal end of the tube (near the ovary), they can cause swelling of the tube in a condition called hydrosalpinx. Adhesions can form and spread into any part of the tube, and anywhere in the pelvis. Wherever they form, they can squeeze reproductive structures or attach them to other structures, further decreasing fertility.
Symptoms of Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Blocked fallopian tubes can be difficult to diagnose because many women don’t show any symptoms until trying to become pregnant. Although blocked tubes don’t often cause symptoms, here are some that you may notice.
- Persistent pain on one side of the abdomen
- Inability to become pregnant after 12 months of intercourse without contraception
Large medical studies cite only two treatments as effective treating tubal occlusion: surgery and Clear Passage®️ physical therapy. Some treatments are more successful depending on location of the blockage, as noted below.
Clear Passage®️ Treatment
Clear Passage®️ – Treatment anywhere in the tube, and hydrosalpinx
Clear Passage®️ is a manual (hands-on) physical therapy shown to decrease or eliminate adhesions throughout the reproductive tract. The focus of the therapy is to detach the tiny but powerful collagen fibers that comprise adhesions from each other by dissolving the bond that attaches them. In doing so, the adhesions tend to unravel and dissipate, much like pulling out the run in a three-dimensional sweater.
The therapy has shown success and natural pregnancies after clearing adhesions anywhere in the tube, and with swollen tubes (hydrosalpinx). When a swollen tube clears during therapy, the liquid trapped within the tube flows out and the tube appears to return to its normal structure and function – including one or more subsequent pregnancies for many women.
No medical techniques have 100% success rate. If we are unable to open your tubes, your chances for a successful IVF performed within 15 months after therapy increase by roughly 50%, per published studies. View our success rates.
Other Treatments – (Drugs, Surgery)
While fertility enhancing pharmaceuticals may assist some fertility cases, no medication, topical or internal medication has been shown effective at opening blocked fallopian tubes.
Surgery to clear proximal occlusion (blockage near the uterus)
Surgery is considered when the site of the blockage is proximal — near the uterus. In this instance, the physician can often access the occlusion by inserting a wire, sometimes with a tiny balloon attached into the tube via the uterus. Thus, the doctor can avoid the costs and risks (e.g., post-surgical adhesions) associated with laparoscopy. Risks with this minimally invasive technique include pinpoint perforations of the vagina, cervix, uterus or fallopian tube as the wire passes through these structures.
Surgery to clear distal occlusion and hydrosalpinx (blockage in the mid or distal tube)
Most physicians will not operate on tubes that are blocked beyond the portion closest to the uterus. Designed to carry individual cells, the tube is so tiny and delicate that post-surgical scars tend to re-block the tube, even after a successful surgery. For this reason, surgeons generally avoid any attempt to open tubes that are blocked beyond the uterine opening. In some cases such as hydrosalpinx (swollen tube) the physician will recommend removal of the blocked tube, and referral for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
This procedure places sperm directly into the uterus via a catheter. However, this approach is useless if the fallopian tubes are blocked. Due to the blockage, sperm and egg are unable to meet, making pregnancy impossible, and negating the use of IUI for women with blocked tubes.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Reproductive specialists often suggest alternatives to surgical repair, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process that can bypass blocked fallopian tubes. Some physicians suggest removing the tubes before this procedure. They feel this may yield better IVF success rates. Unfortunately, this eliminates the possibility of ever having a natural pregnancy.
Each IVF cycle is designed to help sperm and egg meet and then implant in the uterus. If the cycle is not successful, it must be repeated. Data from The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show a 24.11% national success rate for Assisted Reproductive Techniques such as IVF. (CDC)
Published Success Rates
CLEAR PASSAGE®️ SUCCESS RATES
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View a Timeline of Clear Passage®️ Published Studies at the bottom of this page
In published studies, the therapy has opened totally blocked tubes in well over 150 women (a fraction of all of our ‘blocked tubes’ successes), with success treating all areas of the tube. As noted in the studies, Clear Passage®️ therapy improved fertility and returned function to fallopian tubes previously diagnosed “beyond repair.” Our most current published success rate for opening blocked tubes is 69% for tubes that were not surgically repaired before therapy. Likely due to post-surgical scarring, success was about half of that for women whose tubes had been cut or burned directly in surgery.
Over half of our patients whose tubes opened became pregnant; several have had more than one child by natural conception without the need for further therapy. In a recent study available at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, pregnancy rates after Clear Passage®️ therapy were twice the success rates than for tubes opened by a review of surgical methods. (Rice et al., 2015a).
Clear Passage®️ Success Rates
Pregnancy for Opened Tubes
IVF Pregnancy After CP Therapy
Endometriosis Pregnancy Rate
Published Research – a Timeline of Published Studies
Clear Passage®️ is committed to scientific inquiry and verifiable fact. Successive studies examining our success opening blocked fallopian tubes were published in 2004, 2006, and 2008[iii],[iv],[v] These included three abstracts (summaries) published in Fertility and Sterility (2006)iii, the professional journal of all US based reproductive physicians. A large study of 1392 infertile women we treated over a 10-year period was published in 2015[vi].
Our studies are designed, conducted and authored by doctors of science, biostatistics and medicine. They show that we routinely opened scarred and blocked fallopian tubes and returned fertility to most women with totally blocked fallopian tubes and hydrosalpinx, regardless of the location of the tubal blockage.
Published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and highlighted in gynecologists’ professional journal Contemporary Ob/Gyn (April 2008), the first major blocked tubes study on Clear Passage® showed that our therapy alone achieved a 61% success rate opening totally blocked fallopian tubes. Most of these women went on to conceive naturally and several have had subsequent pregnancies and births after treatment.
A follow-up study showed the same success rate (61%) in a much larger sampling of 235 women (success in 143/235 women). Tubes opened in 69% (124/180) of women whose tubes had never undergone prior surgical attempts to open the tubes, and 35% (19/55) among women who had previously undergone surgery to open their tubes. We assume the lower rate in the “prior surgery” group was due to the adhesions that formed after tubal surgery.
Overall pregnancy rate for all women whose tubes opened was 57% (81/143), which is double the surgical success rate, based on a comparative literature search of published medical studies.
Successes in these studies included women with:
- two totally blocked fallopian tubes,
- one tube removed and the other blocked (decreasing the chance for success),
- hydrosalpinx (tube blocked and filled with fluid), and
- mid-tube and distal blockage (challenging areas to treat surgically).
These results are considered remarkable in a population that had zero chance of natural pregnancy before therapy.