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Hi All,

I was just wondering if anyone has had blocked Fallopian tubes? My husband and I have been trying for years then I tried clomid which didn't help, I was referred to gyne and they found ovarian cyst. On Monday I had an operation I'm still recovering I'm not sure what they did exactly but they found two cysts rather than the one which they removed plus blocked Fallopian tubes. In my dazed state she mentioned IVF I believe this is my only option. I'm now waiting for my appointment to go back to see the consultant.

I'm trying to keep focused on the hope of IVF and staying positive and trying to think of things I can do now to help me for then - questions to ask, changes in my diet I can make, I rarely drink but am going to give it up completely now. I have read that acupuncture can help.

Any advise you can give would be appreciated.

Thank you xx

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Hi Hun I had a laparoscopy on 23rd of feb, which blocked tubes was found to and we are starting our first round of ivf next Friday. Could they not clear your tubes? xx


Hi, thank you so much for responding. I believe on one the cyst has also affected the tube on top of it being blocked the other I think was blocked in one place I got the impression they could not be cleared when the consultant came around she told me I asked what was next and she said IVF it's so frustrating as she came around when I was still quite out of it and now I may have to wait up to 3 months for an appointment to see them. That's amazing that you are starting ivf are you going through NHS or private? What was the process to get you to the point of starting your first round? Xx


Aw yeah it was the same for me telling you whilst your not all there lol, don't panic they will send you a brief of things in the post. Things after this stage your at go very quickly! We are getting it on the NHS we are in Gloucester, it's all happened quite quickly but everywhere is different Hun xx


hi TW1986 sorry for jumping on the post but can I ask you a question about IVF? How long did it take from speaking about IVF with a consultant to it actually happening? I have our appointment in may and we all know the fertility problem and been trying for 16months but I have this doubt that its going to be a long long waiting list.... thank you xxx


That's what I was wondering the couple of procedures I just had done to remove cysts and investigate took a year and in that time another cyst appeared im hoping that the next stage doesn't take that long xx


Hi hun it depends where you are I suppose cause everywhere is different, I had to wait from October 30th till feb 23rd for a laparoscopy then we got our next appointment with the nurse which was 20th of April and we are starting treatment next Friday as I was already 6 days into cycle so from first appointment with fertility consultant to starting treatment was about 6 months. It would of been a lot less time if I hadn't of had to wait for laparoscopy hope this helps 😬 xx



I have been diagnosed with fluid on both tubes and advised I'll need both removed prior to IVF, which I'm still a little uncomfortable with.

I have a laparoscopy booked in for July (which is the first lap I'll have had in the year we've been seeing consultants etc!) so they may know more then...

As Tw1986 said, you should receive the information in the post so try not to worry that you cant remember what they were saying - its a lot to take in.

Making changes to your diet could help, and at least you're able to take control of some part of the situation. I too have been reading about acupuncture - everything is worth a shot right?!

Good luck!



Hi mrs_m_shizzle_dizzle. Ooer, that's a mouthful!! It's always so difficult to take in what is said when you are recovering from a general anaesthetic. As "LiLi19" has said, it maybe that you will need to have your tubes clipped or removed before starting IVF, you'll have to wait and see what your consultant says. The problem is that there is a natural lubrication in your Fallopian tubes to allow sperm to swim up them, and an egg to travel down. Any excess fluid normally spills out through the open end into the pelvic area and is broken down. If the tubes are blocked, then there is only one way out and that is through the womb end. It is now widely believed that this excess fluid can prevent the implantation of a developing embryo, so they usually deal with them before starting IVF. The cysts too will probably be drained at the same time if needed, so they don't get affected by the IVF stimulation drugs. It's a lot to take in, but you're getting your diet etc in order which will help too. Acupuncture can help with blood flow to your womb, so might be worth a try. I do have a list of questions you could look through if you want. Too long to add here, but if you email me in confidence to support@fertilitynetworkuk.org I will send them to you. Obviously I wish you well with all of this, and hope you don't have to wait too long for treatment. Diane


Hi dear.. sorry for your having hard times. You should be strong and take care of yourself. Blocked tubes can often be treated medicamentally or with laparoscopy. Isn't that so in your case? You should better consult the doctor I'd say. Though ivf is possible of course for you if your ovaries and womb are in order.


They said everything else looked ok. One of the procedures I had was a laparoscopy it seems they weren't unable to block anything in theatre xx


I'm having IVF as my tubes seemed blocked after a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. Read Zita West's book. Some great bits of advice! X


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