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How do problems with the fallopian tubes affect fertility?

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Problems with the fallopian tubes also account for a significant percentage of infertility cases. Sometimes, the tubes may be blocked or they may be scarred as a result of disease or infection.

When an egg is released from one of the ovaries, it travels through one of the fallopian tubes, which are narrow ducts that connect the ovaries to the uterus. Normally, the egg will join with the sperm in the fallopian tubes during conception and the now-fertilized egg will continue on to the uterus. However, the fallopian tubes are extremely fragile. If they are blocked, there's no way for the egg to become fertilized by the sperm.

From: Endometriosis and Fallopian Tube Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC. American Society for Reproductive Medicine web site. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. WebMD Fertility Center web site. 


Human Reproduction Update, July-August 2002. The Infertility Workupand Understanding Treatment Options, RESOLVE online. The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition, 2000. The Fertility Handbook: A Guide to Getting Pregnant , Addicus Books, 2002. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
Endometriosis, September 2002.



Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC. American Society for Reproductive Medicine web site. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. WebMD Fertility Center web site. 


Human Reproduction Update, July-August 2002. The Infertility Workupand Understanding Treatment Options, RESOLVE online. The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition, 2000. The Fertility Handbook: A Guide to Getting Pregnant , Addicus Books, 2002. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
Endometriosis, September 2002.



Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 17, 2018

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