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.
Publication Date: 2016-02-03