Tubal Cannulation Procedure – Treatment, Cost and Success Rates

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Tubal Cannulation Procedure

Infertility is a growing problem among the current generation. The root causes are varied ranging from physiological issues, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle issues, pollution etc. The result in that some couples are taking more time to fall pregnant and multiple attempts to be able to deliver a healthy baby. Thanks to science though, there are many medical procedures that help women overcome issues and fall pregnant. One among them is the tubal cannulation procedure.

Among the many physiological causes of infertility, blocked fallopian tubes are among the most common. Tubal cannulation is a procedure that helps open them up to allow for proper fertilization and implantation. In this article, we explain all the basics of this process and how it will help with getting pregnant. pregnancy pillow

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What is Tubal Cannulation Procedure?


Tubal cannulation is a procedure used to help clear blockages in a woman’s fallopian tubes.  This procedure is performed under hysteroscopic guidance through which the doctor can see inside the womb through a fine telescope called a Hysteroscope which is introduced through the neck of the womb.

Tubal Flushing

Women who are having difficulty in getting pregnant may be asked to have their ‘tubes flushed’, a procedure which uses dye to show whether the fallopian tubes are blocked. Usually, eggs produced by the ovaries pass down a fine and narrow tube called fallopian tubes to reach the womb where it implants. The fallopian tubes are where the egg and sperm meet and where fertilization normally occurs.

For women, whose fallopian tubes are completely blocked cannot become pregnant naturally and will require IVF to conceive. If fallopian tubes are partially blocked, then there are chances of getting pregnant after tubal cannulation treatment.

[Read : Hysteroscopy For Infertility]

Symptoms of Blocked Fallopian Tubes

Symptoms of Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Apart from infertility, some of the symptoms of blocked fallopian tubes are:

  • Painful urination
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy periods or spotting in between cycle
  • Fatigue
  • Painful intercourse

[Read : Infertility in Females]

Is Tubal Cannulation Painful?

For some it is extremely painful and for some it will seem like a simple procedure. But it is always better to take a nerve calmer/ pain killer prior to undergoing the procedure so that at the time of the surgery you do not feel much pain.

Tubal Cannulation Costs

Many laparoscopic procedures available in hospital as per the intensity of the condition. The rates can range anywhere from 5,000 INR to 40,000 INR. These charges nominal in most clinics and may vary depending on the condition, severity of the problem, complications, etc.

Tubal Cannulation Success Rates

About 12-30% of infertile women experience tubal diseases and among these, tubal blockage dominates a large proportion. Most of them will choose non-surgical procedures like tubal cannulation instead of more invasive surgeries. In case of blocked tubes in the ned of the uterus, the success rates are very high at 80% but if the blockage is at the end of the tube then its only 30 to 50%. Success rate depends on many other factors as well such as patient’s health condition, well-trained doctor, severity of the problem, etc.

Tubal cannulation procedure may not be suitable for patients with the following conditions;

  • Previous fallopian tube surgery.
  • Extensive scarring in fallopian tubes.
  • Major damage to fallopian tubes.
  • Genital tuberculosis and other infections.
  • Severe blockage which makes it difficult for a catheter to pass through.
  • Distal blockage which happens in an area of the fallopian tube which is farthest from the uterus.

Natural Therapies For Fallopian Tube Health

Fertility Massage

Here are some of natural therapies to follow for fallopian tube health:

1. Fertility Cleansing

Fertility cleansing is the first step taken when you opt for natural therapies to remove blockages. It helps to cleanse the entire reproductive system and increase circulation to the reproductive organs. The herbs involved in this cleanse are absorbed into the body and target the problem areas directly.

2. Systemic Enzyme Therapy

Systemic Enzyme Therapy is a process for helping the body clear itself of excess tissues, breakdown scar tissues, cleansing of the blood and increase of circulation to the reproductive organs. This therapy may help in reducing the scar tissues that are blocking the fallopian tubes.

3. Abdominal or Fertility Massage

Abdominal or fertility massage is another natural therapy that could help support the health of the fallopian tube. This massage helps to increase blood circulation, which breaks up adhesions. Massaging is a great non-invasive alternative for women with blocked fallopian tubes.

For women suffering with infertility due to blocked fallopian tubes, the tubal cannulation process is a great blessing. It is vital to find the right gynecologist or infertility specialist if you experience any of the symptoms of blocked tubes. They will help diagnose and treat the condition, thus improving the chances of a pregnancy.

Read Also: Your Comprehensive Guide to an IVF Treatment

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