Why should you know if your tubes are open before IVF?

Feb 07, 2010 | Fertility Care

This sounds like a silly question. You’re going through IVF and your doctor wants to make sure you don’t have blocked or dilated tubes. If your tubes are blocked you are at higher risk for an ectopic pregnancy. If your tubes are dilated with fluid, you are at higher risk for an ectopic pregnancy and you have a significantly lower chance of getting pregnant. The reason is this: the fluid in your tubes can wash away the embryo. We call the fluid “embryo toxic.”

So what can you do before you go through IVF to make sure that you don’t have a dilated tube?

Your tubes should be evaluated through either a saline infusion sonogram (water ultrasound); Hysterosalpingogram (you may hear the term “dye test” used); or laparoscopy (surgical evaluation of your tubes). Depending on what your doc finds – your doc may recommend blocking the tube before IVF so that the fluid doesn’t run into your cavity and so your chances of pregnancy are as high as they could possibly be.

How do you block tubes? Depending on your situation, your doc may recommend a surgery involving a laparoscopy. But what if your tubes are so scarred from endometriosis or surgery that your tubes aren’t even visible anymore? You now have options that involve putting plugs in your tubes from below.

I just placed my first uterine plugs using a device called Adiana. It was quick and easy. The patient came to my office and left right after. She is pain free and is ready for her IVF cycle.

My message to you is this: get all the information before going through IVF. Find out if your tubes are blocked. If they’re blocked – you want to ask your doc if you have a fluid collection in your tubes. The more you know, the higher your chances of pregnancy.

Hope this helps.

To read more about Adiana, click here: http://www.adiana.com/