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Check Your Tubes

Tubal infertility is more
common than you think.

Why check your tubes?
Fallopian tubes play an important role when trying to get pregnant, since it is where the egg and sperm usually meet. Blocked fallopian tubes are known as a silent infertility factor and can go unnoticed until checked.
Fallopian tubes play an important role when trying to get pregnant, since it is where the egg and sperm usually meet.
Blocked fallopian tubes are known as a silent infertility factor and can go unnoticed until checked.
1 out of 3 infertile women have blocked fallopian tubes and most have no symptoms.1
Blocked Fallopian Tubes

The only way to know if your tubes are causing infertility is to have them checked.

1Beverley, et al. (2018) Evaluation of Tubal Patency with a Saline-Air Device. J Reprod Med; 63(3):120-126.

What causes blocked tubes?

Blocked tubes can be caused by factors like the following:2

Pelvic infection(s)

Sexually transmitted diseases, such as Gonorrhea or Chlamydia

Endometriosis

Prior surgery (abdominal)

Prior ectopic pregnancy

Genital tuberculosis

2Khalaf, et al. (2003) ABC of Subfertility - Tubal Subfertility. BMJ; Vol 327:610-613.

How are my uterus/tubes checked?

Your uterus and fallopian tubes can be checked using either ultrasound or fluoroscopic x-rays.

Ultrasound

Uterine evaluation:

Saline alone is used to evaluate the uterine cavity during a saline-infused sonogram (SIS). This procedure checks for polyps or other abnormalities in the uterus.

Saline alone should not be used to check the fallopian tubes as it cannot be seen under ultrasound.




Tubal evaluation:

A saline-air contrast (bubbles) is added to the uterus to view the fallopian tubes. The bubbles shine brightly under ultrasound allowing your doctor to see if your tubes are open or blocked.

Fluoroscopic X-rays (HSG)

Uterine and tubal evaluation:

Fluoroscopic x-rays with x-ray dye are used to look at your uterus and fallopian tubes during a procedure called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This is typically done by a radiologist in a location separate from your GYN’s office. With an HSG, you are exposed to radiation and are at risk of an allergic reaction from iodine based contrast dye.

Infertility Work-Up

Use the checklist below to see which diagnostic work-ups you've completed.

Download a printable infertility worksheet to keep track of the status of your diagnostic work-ups.

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