What is Tubal Cannulation Procedure:
We are in a generation where many women are being diagnosed with infertility due to various reasons such as lifestyle changes. But no need to worry as science and medicine as evolved so much that various treatments are available to alter your conditions. If you are trying to get pregnant but finding it hard then you might want to get yourself checked for tubal blockage which is causing infertility.
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 Hysteroscope which is introduced through the neck of the womb.
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.
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
- Painful intercourse
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 are minimum which is charged by clinics and may vary as per the individual’s condition, severity of the problem, complicated cases, consumable used in the procedures, 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 Cleansing
Fertility cleansing should be the first step taken when you opt for natural therapies to remove blockage. 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.
- 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. Systemic Enzyme Therapy may help in reducing the scar tissues that are blocking the fallopian tubes.
- 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.