What are fallopian tubes?
Fallopian tubes are the part of the female reproductive system that connects the ovaries to uterus. The fallopian tubes – one on either side – are approximately 10cm in length and approximately 1cm in diameter. Each fallopian tube has three parts, named the infundibulum, ampulla and isthmus. Every month, the fallopian tubes transport an ovum from the ovary to the uterus. The lateral part of the fallopian tube, overlying the ovaries, is the infundibulum. The infundibulum has finger-like projections called fimbriae. The fimbriae help to pick up the eggs from the ovary. The part next to the infundibulum is the ampulla. The ampulla is the most common site for fertilization. Next to the ampulla is the isthmus, the part closest to the uterus.
Role of fallopian tubes in fertility
Every month, the ovary releases an ovum which is picked up by the fimbriae of the fallopian tube. The ovum enters the fallopian tube and remains there for around 12 to 24 hours. If it gets fertilized with the sperm, the process of fertilization is carried forward. If not, the unfertilized ovum gets shed, along with the uterine lining, as menstrual bleeding. Therefore, the fallopian tubes need to be patent or open for the ova to travel through them to unite with the sperm. In case the fallopian tubes are blocked for some reason, passage of the ovum along the fallopian tube is hindered, which in turn makes it impossible for the sperm to fuse with the ovum, resulting in infertility. Blocked fallopian tube is a major cause of infertility among women. A hysterosalpingogram is the diagnostic test conducted to rule out blockage in fallopian tubes.
Causes of fallopian tube blockage
The major cause of blockage in fallopian tubes could be pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, adhesions in fallopian tube, pelvic tuberculosis, a history of abdomen or pelvic surgery.
Can Homeopathy treat blocked fallopian tubes?
Homeopathic medicines can treat partially blocked fallopian tubes, though results would vary from case to case. There is greater scope for treatment in cases where inflammation or infection is the cause of the blockage. However, homeopathy cannot treat cases of completely blocked fallopian tubes. Homeopathic medicines for treating blocked fallopian tubes are prescribed only after going through the complete, detailed case history. The case history would include the menstrual history, obstetric history and detail constitutional make-up of the person. Any cause of fallopian tube blockage such as pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted disease, endometriosis is taken note of. Some majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for treating blockage from salpingitis are Apis Mellifica, Lachesis, Pulsatilla, Medorrhinum and Sepia. A choice among them is made only after complete evaluation of the case at hand. Self-medication must be strictly avoided. A Homeopathic physician should be consulted.