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Fallopian Tubes: Is Pregnancy Possible With Only One?

I have only one fallopian tube. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?

Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D.

Your fallopian tubes are a pair of tubes that eggs travel through to get from your ovaries to your uterus. Each month, during a process called ovulation, one of your ovaries releases an egg that travels down one of your fallopian tubes, where it may or may not be fertilized by a sperm.

You might have only one fallopian tube if you’ve had pelvic surgery for an infection, a tumor, or a past ectopic pregnancy. Occasionally, some women are born with only one tube. However, you may still be able to get pregnant with only one tube if:

  • You have at least one functioning ovary
  • You have monthly menstrual cycles (ovulate)
  • Your remaining fallopian tube is healthy

If you’re unable to get pregnant after a year of trying to conceive, see your gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist for evaluation.

Updated: 2016-02-03

Publication Date: 2016-02-03

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