I have only one fallopian tube. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?
Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D.
Yes. The fallopian tubes are a pair of tubes that eggs travel through to get from the ovaries to the uterus. Each month, during a process called ovulation, one of the ovaries releases an egg that travels down one of the 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, 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 at least one functioning ovary
- You have monthly menstrual cycles (ovulate)
- Your remaining fallopian tube is healthy
If you're unable to get pregnant after trying to conceive, or if you have a known history of problems with your fallopian tube, see your gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist for evaluation.
Feb. 12, 2019
Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D.
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