Bilateral Hydrosalpinx

by Worried
(Nigeria)

Hi Amelia,
I was diagnosed with Bilateral Hydrosalphinx about 2 weeks ago and since then my world has crashed as I have been TTC for the past 5 years. In August 2010, I had a miscarriage after falling pregnant naturally. Last year, I fell pregnant naturally again but it was treated with methrozade (so i didn't have surgery).

I have been looking for any information since i got my HSG results to help me make informed decisions. I am almost 38 years old and I feel like I am running out of time, so i have been considering IVF.

I have read so many articles claiming the success rate of IVF with Hydrosalpinx is near impossible and i don't want to take out my tubes. The trail mails I have read have been quite encouraging but I sincerely want to know if it's possible to have a successful IVF with the damaged tubes or do I continue trying to conceive naturally?

Please, your response is very important because I am almost depressed now.

Sincerely,
Worried

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Bilateral Hydrosalpinx
by: Amelia Hirota, D.Ac.

Dear Worried,
Your case sounds a little conflicting and I'm not sure if I'm clear on all of the details. However, I will do my best to answer your questions.

It seems that although you've been diagnosed with bilateral hydrosalpinx, that somehow the sperm are making it through your blocked tube to fertilize the egg. Also, the embryo seems to make it's way to the uterus, so I'm wondering about this diagnosis of bilateral hydrosalpinx.

If you've had 2 ectopic pregnancies, then I understand the diagnosis, but am still impressed that the sperm are making it through the blockage.

Usually, with bilateral hydrosalpinx and IVF, they want to remove your fallopian tubes because they're worried that the tubes may leak fluid into the uterus and this can affect the implantation of the transferred embryo.

Blocked tubes are usually due to an STD infection from Chlamydia or Gonorrhea or endometriosis. In some cases it can be a TB infection, as well. It might be a good idea to see if you have an untreated case of Chlamydia or Gonorrhea and maybe a round of strong antibiotics would help.

If you haven't had ectopic pregnancies, then there is definitely hope for you conceiving naturally. It seems that the struggle will be to hold on to the pregnancy in that case.

I encourage you to check out my diet and lifestyle webinars to prepare your body for pregnancy and support the healthy recruitment of follicles. If you're not having ectopic pregnancies, then I feel that the miscarriages should be your focus, not the blocked tubes.

Sometimes a spasm in the fallopian tubes can prevent the dye from leaking on the x-ray and this might have happened with you. This would then be a false positive for bilateral hydrosalpinx.

Sending Babydust Your Way,
Amelia Hirota, D.Ac.

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