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Treat Hydrosalpinx Before IVF
Have you been diagnosed with a hydrosalpinx (dilated fallopian tube)?
If you are considering treatment for infertility and now have found out you also have a hydrosalpinx, be sure to consider the following information before proceeding with fertility treatment.
A hydrosalpinx is a fallopian tube that is dilated and filled with fluid. Hydrosalpinges are the result of a prior infection in the pelvis, endometriosis or prior surgery. Some women have symptoms (pain, pressure) with a hydrosalpinx, but most do not.
A hydrosalpinx can be diagnosed on pelvic ultrasound, but usually a hysterosalpingogram is needed to make the diagnosis. A hysterosalpingogram is a special x-ray test where fluid is placed up through the cervix to see if it spills out of the fallopian tubes.
Hydrosalpinges have a negative impact on fertility treatment. It has been shown in several research studies that if the hydrosalpinx is removed prior to fertility treatment, the chance of pregnancy is much better. The abnormal tube can usually be removed fairly simply through a minimally invasive procedure called a laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a day stay surgery with only tiny incisions in the abdomen. Recovery from this type of procedure is quite quick. Patients are usually feeling completely back to normal in less than two weeks.