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Female infertility

What is female infertility?

Infertility is when one is unable to get pregnant after six to 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control. The causes for female infertility include problems with the reproductive organs, hormones and even lifestyle factors. Sometimes infertility is caused by a blockage of the fallopian tube(s). The fallopian tubes are the passages that the eggs travel through to get from the ovaries to the uterus (womb). If the fallopian tubes become plugged or narrowed, the egg may be prevented from reaching the uterus.Your physician can perform various diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your infertility.


If a blockage is discovered, an interventional radiologist may be able to help by recanalizing (or unblocking) the affected fallopian tube.

Treatment

Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who deliver minimally invasive treatments with less risk, less pain and less recovery time than traditional surgery to open up blocked fallopian tubes.

Fallopian tube recanalization

This treatment is performed by an interventional radiologist using x-ray images to pass a small, flexible tube, known as a catheter, into the vagina, through the cervix, and into the uterus. A thin wire is used to gently open the blockage in the fallopian tube. The patient is awake, but sedated for this treatment, with minimal recovery time (approximately one hour) prior to release. The treatment is very effective, where blockages have been detected, with few side effects or risks, and a high success rate.

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