WHY IS FTR NECESSARY?
Blockages in fallopian tubes are one cause of infertility. These tubes are very, very fine and connect the ovaries to the uterus. In order for an egg to be fertilized, it must travel from the ovary, through the fallopian tubes to the uterus. A blockage of the fallopian tube prevents this from happening and therefore causes infertility.
The FTR procedure enables the doctor to find the blockage and remove it. Many times the blockage is caused by mucus or other “debris” and can be successfully cleared by the recanalization. If the blockage is caused by fibroids, the FTR procedure does not work. Research finds a range of pregnancy rates in women who undergo an FTR procedure, from a low of 20% to a high of 40%. In some women, the fallopian tubes can become blocked again. When this happens, another FTR procedure can be conducted in 6 to 12 months.