The fallopian tubes are two tubes in a female reproductive system that connect the ovaries to the uterus. During ovulation, the fallopian tubes carry the egg from the ovaries to the uterus. In many cases of infertility, these tubes may be damaged. Common problems include tube blockage, pelvic infection, abdominal infections, prior surgeries, or a prior ectopic pregnancy. Fallopian tube evaluations can be performed to detect problems that may be occurring involving the fallopian tubes.
What Causes Damaged Fallopian Tubes?
There are a variety of factors that can cause fallopian tube damage or blockage, also known as tubal disease. These include, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, gynecological surgery, bowel surgery, Cesarean section, ruptured appendix, previous ectopic pregnancy, tubal litigation and sexually transmitted diseases that go untreated. Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes can result in infertility if the egg cannot reach the uterus.
What is Premature Ovarian Failure?
What is Gestational Surrogacy?
Why Does Smoking Affect Fertility?
It is a well studied fact that smoking has adverse affects on fertility. Cigarette smoke is a major factor in accelerating the loss and decreasing the quality of eggs for female smokers. Additionally, smoking cigarettes advances the time of menopause, reducing the window that women are ovulating, reduces ovarian reserve, ovarian response, semen quality, and fertilization, as well as increasing miscarriage rate. Not only does smoking reduce pregnancy rates, second hand smoke exposure can decrease pregnancy by 50%. For women who smoke going through IVF, there is a significant decrease in the number of eggs retrieved and the number of eggs fertilized. Making healthy lifestyle choices are a major factor in conceiving and should be taken into consideration before trying to have a baby.
What is ICSI Treatment?
What do Reproductive Endocrinologists do?
How Much is a Fertility Test?
Diagnostic testing for infertility is key in determining the best possible treatment plan for you. At the initial consultation, our physicians review each partner’s medical history and medical records and complete a physical examination. To save you time and money, the only tests that will be performed are those that are appropriate for you unique situation. Therefore, the cost of fertility testing varies depending on which are given, typically between $200 to $2,000. Our front office team is happy to assist you with estimated out of pocket expenses for your diagnostic testing, keeping insurance coverage in mind for those it applies to.
How Much Does Freezing Sperm Cost?
How Much Does it Cost to Get Artificially Inseminated?
What is the Cost of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
How Many Embryos Transfer in IVF?
What is the Compensation for Selling your Eggs?
What Insurance Covers IVF?
Which insurance providers will cover IVF treatments depends on what benefits are covered by your individual employer. Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Golden Rule, Arizona Foundation, BlueCross / BlueShield, Beach Street, Humana, and Tricare are some of the providers that Advanced Fertility Care often works with.