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The fallopian tubes are essential for fertilization and pregnancy. Eggs travel down the fallopian tubes to meet with the sperm. If there is something wrong with your fallopian tubes, then the egg and the sperm will not meet and become a fertilized egg. There is a difference between a complete blockage and a partial blockage. Partial blockages cause ectopic pregnancies, which is when the egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus, so the baby begins growing there. Many reasons could cause you to have an ectopic pregnancy. You’re more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy if you have had a recent pelvic infection, endometriosis, or certain sexually transmitted diseases. Laparoscopy with chromopertubation is one of the procedures that a doctor can use to analyze the condition of your fallopian tubes.

What is Chromopertubation?

The procedure accompanies a laparoscopy, and its goal is to determine whether your fallopian tubes are opened or blocked. The procedure can also have a corrective purpose to restore fertility. Our specialists will place a catheter directly into your uterus during the procedure. Blue dye is run through the catheter and into your fallopian tubes. If your tubes fill up, then they’re open. If they don’t, then they may be blocked.

You might decide to try either a traditional hysterosalpingogram or a SonoHSG. The traditional HSG involves a catheter and dye. The SonoHSG is preferable for some because it’s not a surgical procedure. During your SonoHSG, a catheter will be inserted into your uterus using ultrasound imaging. Air bubbles are created when saline and water are mixed in the catheter. Out of all the procedures, a chromopertubation exam during laparoscopy is the most definite way to confirm the functioning of your fallopian tubes.

What are the Advantages of Chromopertubation?

With chromopertubation and laparoscopic surgery, your doctor can fix your fallopian tubes. They can also treat endometriosis, pelvic pain, and pelvic adhesions. Before having your surgery, you’ll sit down for a friendly consultation, and our compassionate specialists will review your health history. Then, we’ll develop a health plan to help you reach your fertility goals to the greatest extent possible, given your circumstances. Before your laparoscopy, we’ll explain all of the risks and benefits.

A laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure, which means you won’t have to spend the night in the hospital. During your procedure, the doctor will make a series of small cuts in your stomach, which he will use for the insertion of the laparoscopy camera and smaller tools. The camera will allow the doctor to see your pelvic organs while he’s treating you. Then, he can use the tools to operate if necessary. Fertility treatment options will depend on the underlying health concern.

When Should You Consider Laparoscopic Surgery?

You should consider laparoscopic fallopian tube surgery if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Asherman’s syndrome, or a tubal ligation. Women with PCOS still have eggs in their ovaries, so the laparoscopy can be used to stimulate menstrual cycles and regular ovulation to improve the chance of fertility and pregnancy. Laparoscopic surgery may not be helpful for you if you have uterine polyps. In all cases, consult with your Advanced Reproductive Center specialist first before choosing a surgical option. We offer many financing methods to help you to afford our services if you don’t have an insurance plan. Our flexible payment plans are a lifesaver to patients who can’t pay the total cost of the procedure upfront.

Don’t close the door on starting a family. Fertility can still be within reach. To learn about chromopertubation, or to ask our experts, “What is chromopertubation?” contact Advanced Reproductive Center at 312.485.4847 today.