Hydrosalpinx: Tubal Blockages in Women

Tubal Infection: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment Cost

Hydrosalpinx is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. Unfortunately, there are no direct measures a woman can follow to prevent Hydrosalpinx from occurring. Either way, let’s learn more about this condition.

Hydrosalpinx in Women

Hydrosalpinx comes from two major terms- ‘Hydro’ which literally means water and ‘Salpinx’ which means Fallopian tube. Therefore, Hydrosalpinx is a term given to a Fallopian tube which is blocked by a fluid.

Fertility doctors also explain Hydrosalpinx as a case where a Fallopian tube (s) is filled with serous.

Although the condition may trigger certain symptoms in some women, it is generally a silent condition in most cases.

What Can Trigger Hydrosalpinx?

Hydrosalpinx can be caused by the following factors;

  • A Previous Infection

A woman with a history of a pelvic or sexually transmitted infection has an increased risk of Hydrosalpinx.

  • A Previous Surgery

Gynecology surgeries can also result in Hydrosalpinx.

  • Endometriosis

This is when the tissue that generally grows inside the uterus grows outside near other organs.

Possible Symptoms For Hydrosalpinx

Pain in the lower abdomen

Unusual vaginal discharge

Increased menstrual pain

Trouble conceiving

Is Hydrosalpinx Treatable? If So, How?

Hydrosalpinx can be treated in the following ways;


It is an effective approach and certainly less invasive. This procedure is conducted with the help of an ultrasound and a specialized solution. Once the solution is injected into the tube, it will swell and then push out the original fluid.

Surgery For Tubal Removal

With this approach, the surgeon will remove the damaged tube or tubes through a keyhole surgery.

Tubal Repair

Laparoscopic salpingostomy is one of the commonest tubal repair approaches. Via this method, the affected tube is opened and the fluid is removed (drained) and then it is closed.

Can I Get Pregnant In Case I Have Hydrosalpinx

A woman can naturally get pregnant in case only a single Fallopian tube is affected, but there may be potential risks. That is why gynecology checkups are necessary once a woman learns that she is pregnant.

On the other hand, a woman can get pregnant once the Fallopian tube (s) is repaired surgically.

However, in some cases, natural conception is impossible and other alternatives must be explored.

IVF ‘In Vito Fertilization’ & After Hydrosalpinx Treatment

Conception chances are surely high as long as the woman has a healthy uterus. Undergoing IVF treatment primarily is actually seen as cost effective than repairing the tubes first.

The IVF treatment will require you to have fertility drugs after which the eggs are harvested. These are joined with your partner’s sperms for fertilization to occur.

The embryo is then transferred back to the womb for development.

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