I have only one fallopian tube. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?

Answers from Mary M. Gallenberg, M.D.

Your fallopian tubes are a pair of tubes that eggs travel through to get from your ovaries to your uterus. Each month, during a process called ovulation, one of your ovaries releases an egg that travels down one of your fallopian tubes, where it may or may not be fertilized by a sperm.

You might have only one fallopian tube if you've had pelvic surgery for an infection or a tumor, or a past ectopic pregnancy. Occasionally, some women are born with only one tube. However, you may still be able to get pregnant with only one tube if:

  • You have one or both ovaries
  • You still ovulate
  • Your remaining fallopian tube is healthy

If you're unable to get pregnant after a year of trying to conceive, see your gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist for evaluation.

Feb. 12, 2013 See more Expert Answers