Blocked Tubes Caused by Silent Killer of Hopes – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
If you have gotten the bad news that you are infertile due to blocked tubes, you might be surprised to learn the most likely cause of the blockage is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This is the leading cause of infertility and is preventable if you just know what to do and what to look for.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID, is generally caused by bacteria entering through the cervix into the rest of your reproductive organs. The most common culprits are the bacteria that are associated with STIs which is why it is so important to be careful of the choice of your sexual partners. Having only one partner who has only you as a partner is your best choice. However, STIs are not the only causes of PID.
In addition, other bacteria and organisms can cause this disease. This is why douching is such a bad idea. Another culprit is some of the IUDs. And some gynecological surgeries and exams are possible causes as well. It seems to mostly be a matter of an immature cervix allowing these organisms to slip through which is why women under 25 are at the most risk for PID.
This may all be surprising news to you if you have never heard of it before. It is quite possible for you to never even know you have or have had pelvic inflammatory disease as many women suffer little to no symptoms. This is what can make it so devastating when you learn you are infertile. The CDC estimates that there are over 1,000,000 women each year who do have symptoms strong enough to seek out their doctor. Some estimates are that the silent sufferers number at least that many, if not more. Going by the facts that so many never have symptoms bad enough to go to a doctor, it’s easy to guess it could be more, much more.
Once you have the disease, it causes inflammation and infection. These in turn cause scarring among the organs affected. It is this scarring within your fallopian tubes that causes blocked tubes or partially blocked tubes. Either the sperm can’t reach the egg to fertilize it or sperm does reach it (in partially blocked tubes) but the fertilized egg cannot make the transit back through the fallopian tube to the uterus. It gets stuck. In the latter case, you could end up with an ectopic pregnancy and indeed around 9% – 15% of PID sufferers do.
So just what are the numbers of women who suffer this and end up infertile due to blocked tubes each year? Be aware first that PID can very easily re-occur with each re-occurrence causing further damage and increasing the chances of you being infertile to 50% by your third case.
We know that at least one million women have acute pelvic inflammatory disease each year according to the CDC. Add to that the unknown number of women who don’t have any symptoms bad enough to go to a doctor. Let’s just call it another million. At least 12% of women who get PID end up infertile (some authorities quote a higher percentage). That’s 240,000 women each year. That’s just on the first occurrence of the disease. As I said earlier, this percentage goes up to 50% by your third case, so you can guess the number of women this affects is more.
So now you have the devastating news that pelvic inflammatory disease has caused blocked tubes thus causing your infertility. What do you do if you still want a child? You will be told that IVF is your only chance. However, tubal surgery can remove the blocked portion of your fallopian tubes increasing your chances for having a child of your own the natural way. Not only is the success rate higher with tubal surgery in most cases, it is less expensive, too. Furthermore, it gives you a chance to try and try to have all the children you want.
However, in the meantime, women should be sure to get the proper exams to minimize their chances of getting PID. Add in being very careful in your choice of sexual partner and not douching and your chances improve. For those for whom it’s too late to avoid Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, check out tubal surgery for your blocked tubes before proceeding with other options.
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