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Natural Remedies for Blocked Fallopian Tubes

Today is part six, and the final segment, of my Natural Remedies Blog Series. I hope you have found this series useful and filled with practical information!

If you’re just tuning into this series, I’m discussing how to treat various hormonal conditions naturally. While there are situations and circumstances where medical therapies are necessary, I truly believe that natural remedies are foundational, and should always go hand in hand with medicinal therapies!

You can find the other five parts of the series here:

Natural Remedies for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Natural Remedies for Endometriosis
Natural Remedies for Fibroids
Natural Remedies for Low Progesterone
Natural Remedies for Estrogen Dominance

Today’s topic? Natural Remedies for Blocked Fallopian Tubes!

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What do your Fallopian Tubes do?

When an egg is released from one of the ovaries, it travels through one of the fallopian tubes, which are narrow ducts that connect the ovaries to the uterus. Normally, the egg will join with the sperm in the fallopian tubes during conception and the now-fertilized egg will continue on to the uterus. However, the fallopian tubes are extremely fragile. When an obstruction prevents the egg from traveling down the tube, the woman has a blocked fallopian tube. It can occur on one or both sides.

This is also known as tubal factor infertility, and is thought to be the cause of infertility in 40% of infertile women.

What are signs & symptoms of Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

Unfortunately, there are rarely signs of blocked fallopian tubes, and women often don’t know they have blocked fallopian tubes until they are trying to get pregnant and are running into issues.

If you have ever suffered from pelvic inflammatory disease, there is a good chance that your tubes are blocked, as doctors estimate that at least three out of four women that have had a sexually transmitted disease do suffer from tubal blockage.

A specific kind of blocked fallopian tube, called hydrosalpinx, may cause lower abdominal pain and unusual vaginal discharge, but not every woman will have these symptoms. Hydrosalpinx is when a blockage causes the tube to dilate (increase in diameter) and fill with fluid. The fluid blocks the egg and sperm, preventing fertilization and pregnancy.

Blocked fallopian tubes are diagnosed by a doctor, usually through one of three tests:

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test, using a contrast dye to view any obstruction in the fallopian tubes.

Chromotubation is similar to hysterosalpingogram as it includes dye being passed into the uterus and fallopian tubes as well, though this test is done laparoscopically.

Sonohysterography is a non-invasive procedure where ultrasound imaging is used to determine if there are any abnormalities of the reproductive organs.

What causes Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

The most common cause of blocked fallopian tubes is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is an umbrella term for a number of different problems that create an inflammatory infection in the female reproductive system. PID is usually the result of a sexually transmitted disease, but not all pelvic infections are related to STDs. Also, even if PID is no longer present, a history of PID or pelvic infection increases the risk of blocked tubes.

While PID is a common cause, below you’ll find other potential causes of blocked fallopian tubes:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Tubal Ligation Removal
  • Complications from lower abdominal surgery (such as Cesarean section)

These conditions can cause fallopian tube blockage by causing adhesions, scar tissue, tumors or polyps to form inside the path of the tube. The fallopian tubes may also become stuck to other parts of the internal body—the bladder, ovaries, uterus, bowels, etc. Damaged fallopian tubes can become twisted or the walls of the tubes themselves may adhere together causing a total blockage.

Partially damaged fallopian tubes may remain open enough for pregnancy to occur, but a partial blockage increases the risk for ectopic pregnancy.

How do Blocked Fallopian Tubes affect fertility?

Each month, when ovulation occurs, an egg is released from one of the ovaries. The egg travels from the ovary, through the tubes, and into the uterus. The sperm also need to swim their way from the cervix, through the uterus, and through the fallopian tubes to get to the egg. Fertilization usually takes place while the egg is traveling through the tube.

If one or both fallopian tubes are blocked, the egg cannot reach the uterus, and the sperm cannot reach the egg, preventing fertilization and pregnancy.

It’s also possible for the tube not to be blocked completely, but only partially. This can increase the risk of a tubal pregnancy, or ectopic pregnancy.

What are some Natural Remedies to help with Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

There are many ways to naturally treat blocked fallopian tubes!

As with any major diet and lifestyle changes, it takes at least 6-12 months of consistent change, along with natural therapies to bring about real change in the body when living with blocked fallopian tubes. So don’t give up when things get tough, I promise that these changes will be worth it in the long run!

Diet and Nutrition

When attempting to unblock blocked fallopian tubes naturally, one of the most important things to do is reduce inflammation in the body. Begin by eliminating the foods that cause inflammation:

  • conventional meat & dairy
  • non-organic fruits & vegetables
  • gluten
  • sugar
  • coffee
  • soy
  • refined carbohydrates (bread products, pasta, cereal, granola, baked goods, dessert, etc.)
  • genetically modified foods
  • vegetable oils

Eliminate these foods from your diet for at least three weeks, paying close attention to your body changing throughout the process.

It’s important to follow an anti-inflammatory diet when dealing with blocked fallopian tubes. That means it’s a good idea to ADD IN lots of these super beneficial anti-inflammatory foods:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • celery
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • blueberries
  • wild caught salmon
  • pineapple
  • bone broth
  • walnuts
  • coconut oil
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseeds
  • turmeric
  • ginger
  • bok choy

In addition, you can reduce inflammation and regulate hormone production with important healthy fats. Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body which will help to lessen any discomfort that blocked fallopian tubes can cause:

  • wild-caught fish & seafood: salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut, shellfish, oysters, cod, tuna, flounder, sardines, hake, skate, trout, red snapper
  • egg yolks from pastured chickens
  • fats & oils: grassfed butter or ghee, animal fats from clean animals (lard, tallow, duck fat, bacon grease, etc), raw & unrefined coconut oil, 100% pure olive oil
  • raw nuts & seeds

A Recipe to Get You Started

The enzymes found in papaya and pineapple will work wonders for promoting circulation in your fallopian tubes, while detoxing the built up tissue. So what better recipe to introduce than a Pineapple Papaya Salsa? This salsa is great served with grilled fish or pork. Let’s be honest though … it’s also incredible with consumed with gluten-free tortilla chips!

Natural Remedies to help with Blocked Fallopian Tubes Pineapple Papaya Salsa Recipe

Pineapple Papaya Chunky Salsa

2 cups finely diced fresh pineapple
1 cup finely diced fresh papaya
½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
½ cup finely diced onion (red, yellow, or sweet onion)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small fresh hot green chili such as a serrano or Thai chili, seeded and minced
small handful of shredded cilantro leaves
juice of one lime
Himalayan pink salt, to taste

In a bowl combine all ingredients and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Salsa may be made one day ahead and chilled, covered. The longer it marinates, the spicier it gets ;). Serve at room temperature.

Supplements

Don’t be overwhelmed by the many supplement options that help with blocked fallopian tubes! Below you’ll find the top two that I recommend to my clients:

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is required for the absorption of iron. In addition, it boosts immunity and fights infections. If your fallopian tube blockages are due to infections or inflammation, vitamin C may help clear them.

Inflammatone: Inflammatone contains a blend of proteolytic enzymes. Systemic enzymes help to eat away and reduce fibrin (the material that makes up scar tissues) over time. The same enzymes work to promote healthy circulation and detoxification of tissues. This type of therapy is extremely promising for helping the body to reduce excessive scar tissue and inflammation.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle changes are some of the most effective ways to help naturally cure your blocked fallopian tubes. The following lifestyle suggestions compliment your dietary and nutrition changes. I suggest implementing as many of the following as possible.

Clean Up Your Environment

Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website to find the cleanest cosmetics, sunscreens, personal care products, house cleaners, and everything else. You can also check out the Shop My Home section of my website to optimize your skincare, body products, cleaning supplies, etc.

  • Eliminate all plastic from your kitchen. Don’t drink out of plastic water bottles. Avoid canned goods, if you do purchase something out of can, only buy brands that specify “BPA-free”.
  • Handle paper receipts as little as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid using perfume, hair spray and nail polish.
  • Use natural feminine care products.
  • Use recycled unbleached paper products.
  • Use non-chlorinated oxygen based bleach in the laundry.
  • Use organic, natural body care products, including makeup.
  • Look for cleaning and laundry products that are plant-based, fragrance-free, or phthalate-free.
  • Consider whether there is anything in your home made out of soft, flexible plastic, such as vinyl or PVC, that can be replaced with a safer alternative.

Pelvic Massage
Pelvic Massage helps the body to clear blocked fallopian tubes. The act of massaging helps to break up scar tissue, increase circulation (to aid in tissue elimination), reduce inflammation, and it helps the body to loosen tight or twisted tissue. I highly recommend that you find a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal massage.

Castor Oil Packs
A Castor Oil Pack is a cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. To support hormone health, I recommend clients place the cloth soaked in castor oil on your lower abdomen, where your ovaries and uterus live. You can also place the cloth over your liver to support optimal hormone detoxification.

Herb Therapy
There are immune enhancing, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial herbs that are capable of enhancing your immune system so that it can help naturally unblock your fallopian tubes.

  • Goldenseal Root: This herb is extremely antibiotic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The herb works on the mucus membrane that lines the fallopian tubes on the inside and tones it so that the infection is warded off. It works to heal any infection in the reproductive system, while also reducing pain and inflammation from foreign tissue growth.
  • Echinacea: This herb works to enhance your immune system. The roots of this perennial herb are generally used to cure flu and cold. The herb has additional properties such as antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The herb will help your body fight against the infections that cause blockage of the fallopian tubes. Once that is done, your tubes will clear out automatically.
  • Dong Quai Root: One of the best herbs for promoting circulation to the reproductive organs. Dong Quai acts on the circulatory system and lymphatic system reducing tissue congestion. It has both pain reducing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Hawthorn: This herb works to reduce abdominal congestion. Hawthorn is extremely high in antioxidants, improves the integrity of blood vessel wall, aids the body in proper oxygen use and improves blood flow to your fallopian tubes.
  • Ginger Root: A wonderful herb used to increase circulation and promote blood flow to the reproductive organs. The increased circulation also helps to reduce inflammation of the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes.

In a Nutshell

1. Blocked Fallopian Tubes, also known as tubal factor infertility, are thought to be the cause of infertility in 40% of infertile women.
2. Partially damaged fallopian tubes may remain open enough for pregnancy to occur, but a partial blockage increases the risk for ectopic pregnancy.
3. You CAN naturally unblock fallopian tubes through diet and lifestyle changes!

Let’s Talk!

I want to hear from you!

Have you been diagnosed with Blocked Fallopian Tubes? What’s your journey been like?

If you suffer from Blocked Fallopian Tubes, what natural remedies do you use to ease them?

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