Blocked Fallopian Tubes – Effective Natural Cures

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Blocked Fallopian tubes are responsible for 20% of cases of female infertility. This silent condition usually isn’t discovered until you try to conceive. Blocked Fallopian tubes also increase your risk of an ectopic pregnancy because the fertilized egg can’t travel to the uterus.

blocked fallopian tubes In the case of an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants in the Fallopian tube or elsewhere in the abdominal cavity, because it can’t reach the uterus due to the blockage in the tube. Ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life threatening condition which requires immediate surgery. The surgery may result in one or both Fallopian tubes being removed including any other tissue the fertilized egg is attached to. This is why it’s important to have an ultrasound asap after your pregnancy has been confirmed with a blood test. Your doctor will be able to see if the embryo is in the uterus – where it should be – or elsewhere. The smaller the embryo the less threat to your life and the smaller the damage from surgery.

What causes blocked Fallopian tubes?

To understand how a fallopian tube can become blocked you first need to understand a bit about the anatomy of these fascinating structures.

Fallopian tubes are very tiny and narrow, measuring 10 centimeters (4 inches) in length and width of a regular spaghetti. Inside this 10cm long spaghetti is a narrow passage the size of a sewing needle. The mature egg which needs to get through the tube is roughly the size of the full stop appears at the end of this sentence. So as you can imagine, it doesn’t take much to block such a narrow space.

Inside the Fallopian tube are small fingerlike projections called cilia. Their job is to move the egg along the tube down into the uterus. The cilia are also found elsewhere in the body – for example in the lungs where they move impurities and mucus out of the lungs. In addition to housing cilia the tubes are lined with mucus to help the egg slide along them. The end of the tube near the ovary contains very slippery mucus to ensure the egg can slide in quickly. The end of the tube closer to the uterus contains thicker mucus to prevent the egg for reaching the uterus too soon. This is to allow sufficient time for the endometrium to thicken to sustain implantation and pregnancy. Nature is so clever and amazing!

What can go wrong and lead to blocked fallopian tubes?

Any mucus producing organ can become blocked. Take your nose for example. When you get a bad cold your nose can become so blocked with mucus that you can no longer breathe though it.

Or alternatively if you get hay-fever or another allergic reaction your nose can run profusely.

The same can happen in any mucus lined tissue/organ in your body; in your lungs, in your gut, in your vagina and in your fallopian tubes.

What can cause mucus to change

The most common factors which can affect the thickness of the mucus and contribute to blocked fallopian tubes are:

  1. Dehydration – If you are dehydrated, your body has less ‘raw material’ – water – to produce mucus. Diets rich in sugar and salt, heated and air-conditioned rooms, coffee, exercise, alcohol and certain drugs can dehydrate you and increase your body’s demand for water.
  2. Diet – What you eat on a regular basis can impact the thickness of your mucus. For example dairy is known for making nasal and lung congestion worse. Dairy can also thicken your cervical mucus making it harder for the sperm to swim. Dairy can also thicken the mucus in your fallopian tubes making it harder for the sperm to enter and the egg to reach the uterus. Hence, dairy is a common contributor to blocked fallopian tubes. Your small intestine, where the nutrients from food are absorbed, will also struggle to do it’s work if there is a thick mucus coating covering the absorption points.
  3. Pharmaceutical drugs – Some pharmaceutical drugs and over the counter drugs can thicken your mucus and contribute to blocked fallopian tubes. Especially cold and flu medicine which can make the mucus thicker or more viscous depending on the type of cough you have (dry or productive).
  4. Lifestyle choices (coffee, alcohol and smoking) – Coffee and alcohol are known diuretics. Caffeine acts as a diuretic making you urinate more often and alcohol dehydrates you and blocks the activity of your ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) which stops you from loosing fluids. Smoking paralyzes the cilia in your lungs and the cilia in your fallopian tubes preventing them from pushing the egg and mucus along the tube.
  5. Infection – (pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the IUD) Some STD’s and infections are silent and go unnoticed, others can be very painful and you know you had them. IUD’s are uterine irritants leading to a greater risk of infection and more mucus production in the area which, in turn, increases the risk of blocked fallopian tubes.

Other more serious causes of blocked fallopian tubes are:

  • Abdominal surgery
  • Traumatic vaginal birth of the first child
  • C-Section
  • Endometriosis
  • Autoimmunity

Some of these causes can lead to scarring and adhesions which can pull on and distort the fallopian tubes, in which case they may need to be removed surgically with laparoscopy.

Natural ways to unblock – blocked Fallopian tubes

  • Stop eating mucus producing foods such as dairy and soy.
  • If you are taking any pharmaceutical drugs check with the pharmacist whether it has any properties which could affect your mucus.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Stop drinking coffee.
  • Stop drinking alcohol.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat more cinnamon, ginger and cayenne to improve the blood flow to the uterus and break up any congested mucus.
  • Eat more garlic to naturally prevent bacterial infections.
  • Use castor oil packs.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your circulation and get the lymph moving.
  • Get an abdominal massage or use a self-massage video at home which I recommend.
  • Get an acupuncture treatment to help move Qi (i.e. blood and mucus).
  • See a naturopath to get a specific herbal tincture made up.
  • Visualize your fallopian tubes clear and the fertilized egg smoothly rolling down into the uterus.

You can also have an HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) procedure which is used to see if your tubes are blocked and can also be used to treat the blocked fallopian tubes by rinsing them with saline solution during the procedure.

Do you have blocked fallopian tubes? Have you used a medical or a natural method to help you unblock the tubes? I would love to hear your thoughts!

About the Author Iva Keene

Iva Keene MRMed. ND. is an internationally recognized Natural Fertility specialist and Naturopathic Physician who has helped thousands of couples with fertility problems through her published information and personalized coaching programs. Her Free Fertility Coaching mini-course uses her research and clinical experience to help you be more empowered, more fertile and have a healthier baby.

  • jennifer omo ihueghian

    i want a solution on ablocked fallopians tubes

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment. Mildly blocked tubes can be treated naturally and by rinsing them out with saline solution. Severely blocked tubes and scarring can not be treated naturally and require surgery and/or IVF to conceive. I suggest that you have a saline hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to determine the extent of the blockage and choose the right treatment option. If your fallopian tubes are only mildly blocked I’d be happy to help you further with the NFP program. Let me know once you get the HSG results.

      Warm regards,

      Iva

    • Sade

      I dis Hsg and dx as having left tubal blockage and right partial tubal blockage. Have been taking herbal tampon of calendula astralagus galic and doug quai 4 2 months together wit capsule and chamoline douche. Pls do u suggest any other treatment or am i in order?

      • Hi Sade,

        There is a lot more you could be doing with your diet to address this problem.
        There is an article on this in the blog, otherwise for a full protocol please
        refer to the NFP program.

        Wishing you all the best,
        Iva

  • rebecca

    Iam 41 years old I had a right cyst removed from my ovary, myomectomy, endometrosis, blocked tubes and my anti-mullerian is 1.0 meaning I’m remaining with few eggs. I was told I’m in premenopausal stage. Since the operation in Dec 2007 my periods are irregular. I had one in june 2010 which was very light but up to now no periods. Before the operation i used to have regular but have periods.

    I’m worried and I do need a child, the doctor told me the only option is egg donor. Is there any way of improving the egg production or my body is still recovering?

    Please help

    I hope to hearing from you soon

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for your message. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Based on what you told me there are a few issues that need addressing;

      1. Estrogen excess involved in cyst formation, endometriosis and fibroids.
      2. You need to check your thyroid function as hypothyroidism often goes hand in hand with endometriosis.
      3. Endometriosis has a strong immune component and there is a tendency to autoimmunity. If your thyroid results are abnormal you should also have auto-anti-thyroid antibodies tested and a 90 food intolerance test done. Women with endo are usually also gluten and dairy intolerant and do much better on an 80% vegan diet with some animal protein in the form of fish. Chicken, red meat and pork should be avoided at all cost especially if they are not organic.
      4. You need to detox as many toxins from the food and products you use on the regular basis act as xenoestrogens, suppressing your liver function (responsible for hormone regulation and production) and straining your immune system.

      Your cycles could be irregular because your body is still recovering from the surgery. I suggest that you address the cause – immune function, toxicity, estrogen dominance first for 120 days up to 6 six months to see what your hormone levels and your cycle will be like then. Given that you have blocked tubes, depending on the severity of the blockage you may still need IVF but you may be able to use your own eggs instead of a donor’s.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and if you’d like me to personally help you with your case.

      All the best,

      Iva

  • Chris

    I have mild-moderate distal blockages confirmed by HSG, can you help?

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your message.

      Although I can’t guarantee that the natural approach can unblock your tubes, I think it would be definitely worth a try to unblock them by adjusting your diet, lifestyle, getting acupuncture, castor oil packs, abdominal massage, kegel exercises and having your tubes rinsed with saline solution. Do this for four weeks to two months and see if they’ve become unblocked before you opt for IVF. Detailed protocol is described in the NFP program as well as what you should avoid and which OTC meds could be contributing to the condition.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Warm regards,

      Iva

  • Naina

    Hi Iva

    I have blockage only at the end of my left fallopian tube (the entire tube being fine) which has been determined by an HSG. I also had a thyroid problem which has now been cured since it was a self-curing one and my latest reports confirmed that i’m rid of it now. Before going in for a laproscopy, we are plannig to try naturally for the next 2 months. Do you think i’ll be able to conceive? What natural remedies would you suggest?

    • Hi Naina,

      Thanks for your message.

      You should prepare for your pregnancy at least 120 days before conception. The remedies as well as what foods you should and shouldn’t be eating and nutrients and foods for unblocking mildly blocked tubes can be found in the NFP program. Everything you need to know including a step by step pregnancy plan is in there. For more info go here.

      Warm regards,

      Iva

  • biny

    Hi, my both tubes are totally blocked due to some scarring, adhesion and inflammation. Recently, my endometrial biopsy was done and the report says that I am having mycobacterium tuberculosis in my endometrial lining. I am on 6 month medication course. My doctor says that once the tb bacterias are killed the inflammation will automatically go away. I want to help myself as much as I can. Can you help me suggest on how I can reduce the scarring and adhesion.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Biny,

      Thanks for your message.

      I’m sorry to hear about your condition.

      In your situation the first and foremost priority is to strengthen your immune system.

      There are specific herbal remedies and nutrients which you can take to help prevent severe scarring, but as to what the outcome will be it’s hard to say at this early stage. I can offer you a consultation with me where I can have a better look at your general health and your case to be able to advise you better and prescribe supplements which are tailored to your situation. For more information go here.

      Hope you get well soon. Also make sure your partner gets a check-up to make sure he doesn’t re-infect you and if he tests positive he should have it treated too.

      Warm regards,

      Iva

  • erika

    i was told my tubes was a little block but other then that everthing was normal i been take chinese bitter it make my period more easy

    • erika

      iva keene what you think about chinese herb for unblock tubes i heard that xi xian cao/ yi mu cao was good herb to open tubes

  • HI IVA
    3 YRS AGO I HAD A SCAN AND THE FINDINGS SAID I HAVE A COMPACT DILATED TUBULAH, LEFT OVARY NOT SEPARATELY IDENTIFIED,JUNCTIONAL ZONE IS WIDENED,ENDOMETRIAL THICKNESS IS NORMAL AT 4MMS,SMALL VOLUME IN POUCH OF DOUGLAS,SEVERAL NODES IN THE RIGHT GROIN MEASURE 1.3 CMS.THE DR SUGGESTED LAPAROSCOPY AND I DECLINED AND WENT ON A DIET EVER SINCE,I AM PLANNING TO CONCEIVE IN TWO MONTHS TIME CAN IT BE POSSIBLE

  • ruchi krishnan

    hi…

    i just had an ectopic pregnancy in my left tube and it had to be removed. the doctor says that the right tube was also congested and thickened. he thinks it could be due to the pregnancy and the surge in hormones. is that possible? do you think if we try naturally to conceive, i could have another ectopic? should we think about IVF

    • Hi Ruchi,

      In any case you should prepare for your pregnancy and have another test before trying to conceive to see if the right tube is clear. It is possible to unblock mildly blocked tubes. If you try without preparation and another test you are risking loosing the right tube as well. So it’s best to prepare and retest after the preparation to be sure. If it’s still blocked than you will need to use IVF. The info on unblocking mild blockages is in the NFP program.

      All the best,

      Iva

  • Elona

    Hi!
    Some months ago i went to the doctor becouse i had a delay of 10 days in the cycle. He made me an echo to see the uterus in general, and do understand the reason of the delay. He told me that, according to what he saw, there were fluids in the fallopian tubes. For the moment i’m not trying to get pregnant, but in 2 or 3 three years i would like to. He scared me… Can the doctor recognize it from the echo? Does the fluid in the tubes influence the delay in cycle?

    • Hi Elona,

      The echo or ultra sound can detect solid, hollow and water filled areas in the body. Based on the consistency they appear different color on the screen. If you had fluid in your fallopian tubes it could have just been water or if you had an infection or an inflammation it could be serous exudate with macrophages which is thicker than water. The delay in the cycle is usually caused by stress, illness, changes in diet and weight fluctuation during the follicular phase of your cycle. If you are concerned I suggest that your doctor does some further tests and investigations.

      All the best,

      Iva

  • bekeley

    Hi Iva,

    I am 32 years old healthy and fit woman and I regularly do yoga and meditation. I am vegetarian and I fast once a week and do not consume any caffine. My first pregnency ended in m/c at 5 weeks due to consumption of sesame and raw sugar sweets (well know in Ayurveda to induce contraction in early pregnency, something I found out later. I can send you a reseach article on this if you like).
    I have not been able to conceive since then and recently HSG exam showed blockage in both tubes. Have you seen such cases of blockage in FT after m/c? Are the chances that they are mild blockages high because I did conceive two years ago and ultrasound did conifm pregnency in the uterus?

    I appreciate your portal.

    Warm thoughts and wishes,

    • Hi Bekeley,

      I would love to see that study. Please email it to me.

      It is possible for the fallopian tubes to become blocked after pregnancy, miscarriage, C-section etc… Any type of inflammation (it’s part of the healing process and it’s natural) is going to cause more fluid and macrophage build up. The fallopian tubes are tiny and it doesn’t take much to block them. Providing there is no scar tissue in the tubes you could unblock them naturally with the supplements and suggestions in the NFP program. Also if you’d like I can look at your case with the Fertility Analysis and give you tailored advice and a prescription for the right supplements for you.

      All the best,

      Iva

      • bekeley

        Thanks much Iva for your comments. I am currently doing Pranayam (breathing excercise per Ayurveda) and taking fertility tonic called “Phal Ghrita”. I have limited dairy consumption to half a cup per day and consume copious quantities of ginger and cayenne pepper, Meditation and visualization is part of daily routine as well. Please let me know if there is anything else that you would like to suggest for my case. By the way I just finished reading “Spntaneous Healing” by Andrew Weil. Such a nice book!

        • Hi Bekeley,

          There is a lot more you can be doing to improved your odds. You’ll find lots of information in the articles on this site and also
          in the NFP program which is very detailed. All the best, Iva

  • Janice

    I recently had a 15cm cyst removed from my right ovary, the right ovary had to be removed as well. After surgery my dr told me that the left fallopian tube is paper thin and the chances of concieving naturally are slim. I can’t seem to find much information about this. Is IVF my only hope of getting pregnant? My period is still normal, does this mean that the egg is where it needs to be for fertilization?

    I would appreciate a little advice, it’s driving me nuts.

    Thank you kindly

    • Hi Janice,

      If your left ovary if functioning and your left fallopian tube is open, then you can conceive naturally.
      It will take some time for the left ovary to take over the job of the right missing ovary and during that
      stage you may be ovulating every second month, or two months in a row and then nothing for
      a month or two. I suggest that you optimize your egg and tube health before trying to conceive
      you can find out more information in the NFP program. Warm regards, Iva

  • I have done my HSG, below are the reports,
    Xray stydy – Uterus is normal in size, shape and location. Both the Fallopian tubes are partially visualised. No free perotoneal spill seen on either sides.
    Impression – HSG done with diluted angiograph reveals normal uterus. Fallopian tubes are partially visualised and blocked. No free peritoneal spill seen.

    Please advice

    • Hi Naseem,

      I’ve replied to your comment via email. Iva

  • I have done my HSG, below are the reports,
    Xray stydy – Uterus is normal in size, shape and location. Both the Fallopian tubes are partially visualised. No free perotoneal spill seen on either sides.
    Impression – HSG done with diluted angiograph reveals normal uterus. Fallopian tubes are partially visualised and blocked. No free peritoneal spill seen.
    Also doc suggested Laproscopy? My husband is scared and is not allowing me to do so. Is laproscopy is good advice?

  • afunmzy

    dear ivan,i had hsg and the report says partial view of uterus,no uterine fluid or peritoneal spill seen,i never had surhery or pid but i used iucd for family planning over the years what could have caused tthe blockage and how can it be open
    ,thanks

    • I suggest trying to unblock your tubes naturally first and then having another test to see if they have opened.
      The protocol for blocked fallopian tubes is in the NFP program. Warm regards, Iva

  • RENEE

    Hello
    I had a hsg done and both my tubes are blocked. I also have a 9 almost 10 cm fibroid on the intramural wall. I am about to have a myomectomy soon. What do you think the chances of my
    conceiving are? I really hope my ovaries are not damaged due to my fibroid blocking them.

    • Hi Renee,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It all depends on the type of blockage and the degree
      of scar formation after myomectomy. You can take
      supplements to assist with healing and minimizing
      scar formation, but it’s hard to say at this stage what
      your chances are like. You can definitely start making
      dietary and lifestyle changes to prevent new fibroids
      from forming and minimizing mucus buildup in the
      fallopian tubes. For more information please go here:
      https://natural-fertility-prescription.com/products/

      Warm regards,

      Iva

  • Siny

    Hi Iva
    My name is Siny. Me and my husband are trying to have a child and I went through 2 miscarriages. Now recently I went for a Hysterosalpingiogram which showed my Right Fallopian tube block at the end. I researched online to see which herbs could help. I find that chinese herbs likeLeonurus (Yi Mu Cao) and Siegesbeckia (Xi Xian Cao) has helped, I went to the local asian chinese store and got Yi Mu Cao, I don’t know how to use them, it is in raw form. Is it true that these herbs help and if so how should I use it, how many times a day I should use it. Kindly help

    Siny

    • Hi Siny,

      I suggest that you see a qualified and accredited Chinese medicine practitioner and herbalist who
      specializes in fertility and let them prescribe the right herbs, in the right dose and
      right form. Never self-prescribe herbs!

      Warm regards,
      Iva

  • Doc adviced me to go 4 HSG,results reads “inadequate clinical history,radiograph shows no obvious abnormality. The contrast radiograph shows an elongate carvical canal and a large uterine cavity. The fallopian tube nt demostrated n no spill is seen.”. PLS what’s the solution 4 me???

  • cathy

    hi

    i take hsg that say my fallopian tubes r fill n compact so how about the treatment.
    can i get pregnant?