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#1 of 5 Old 02-05-2006, 12:00 AM - Thread Starter
 
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This is not my area of expertise. I have never been to this thread and was wandering if someone (who may have been through this) could help me, help my sis in law.

Her and hubby have been TTC for 10 years! There has been one pregnancy that ended up being a tubal. She had that tube removed
Her other tube is blocked.

They stopped TTC and looked into adopting...now that kind of fizzled and they are just miserable. I am not sure if she was ever told her options other than IVF...which they can't afford.

Has anyone dealt with this? What is the technical term? Can the block be removed? What are the success rates?


THANKS! Any info would be appreciated...
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I would say that would be a call that only a specialist could make, as to whether surgery to unblock the tube could possibly help at all. There are so many variables.

Most people would probably have the blocked tube out and go on to IVF.
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Sometimes it is possible to attempt to unblock the tube. However, it's far from a guarantee that it can be unblocked, and any costs associated with the surgery would likely come out of pocket. Add in the fact that she only has ONE tube in the first place, and her chance of pregnancy is roughly half of what it would be with two tubes (since she'd have to ovulate out of the ovary with the tube to even have a CHANCE at pregnancy...IF the existing tube wasn't blocked).

The expense of unblocking the remaining tube would likely run about as much as one full IVF cycle. If the only thing keeping them from conceiving (meaning she isn't over 35, her partner has good sperm, no endo, etc), I'd think they'd be better off to spend the money on IVF.

Either way, they are looking at THOUSANDS of dollars, but I'd venture to guess they'd be more likely to achieve pregnancy with IVF rather than attempting to unblock the remaining tube. I believe the risk of tubal pregnancy after that type surgery is sky high as well.
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I am not sure if she was ever told her options other than IVF...which they can't afford.
I think IVF would be a great option for her. My baby who is 8m.o. was conceived through IVF. I have only one tube, but it leads to a lazy ovary and my second ovary is just fine, but has no tube. So, that was a good option for me. We of course could try to stimulate my ovaries to work like crazy in hope that the lazy one will throw an egg once in a while, but it could take years to conceive like that and I just didn't want to screw up my health completely and totally with all the tons of hormones. After all, we figured my health was so much more important than money!

Now, about IVF prices. She needs to have a good research done because IVF prices are SO different in different places! When we were choosing a clinic I was amazed about the difference. Some clinics would ask for $20,000 (!!!), some for $10,000. The one that we went with was asking for only $6,500 (just the procedure) and for people who want to save money (which we did) they advised ordering hormones not in the US (here it would costs another $2,000-$3,000), but from Europe through the internet (which was under $700).
Also they require some blood work done. But if you do it through an infertility clinic, insurance most likely won’t cover it, however, if they just write you what needs to be done and you go to a regular lab, most of it will be covered.

So, it’s not so simple about IVF. If one is willing to invest some thoughts and time into it, IVF can be definitely the best and sometimes even the most economical way to go. Some people would undergo the whole bunch of expressive tests to find out what is wrong with them and end up spending even more money and still having no clue about the cause of their infertility. So, it’s not so simple.
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Thank you.
I will pass on this info to her...I appreciate it!
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