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Can pregnancy be achieved with a single fallopian tube?

By Sergio Rogel Cayetano M.D. (gynecologist).
Last Update: 12/31/2021

The answer is yes. The fallopian tube is a mobile organ responsible for collecting the oocyte once it has ovulated. It is also the site where fertilization takes place (sperm and egg usually meet in the ampullary portion), the duct that connects this site with the uterus and, therefore, with the outside of the woman. The fallopian tubes also have the important function of serving as an incubator for the development of the already fertilized embryos, moving them carefully by means of their cilia to the uterus, in a journey that will last approximately 5 days.

All these functions are performed independently by the two fallopian tubes. Thus, when one of them is missing, this cadence does not affect the other one, which could even pick up oocytes from the contralateral ovary. Therefore, even when one tube is missing, the patient can become pregnant.

 Sergio Rogel Cayetano
Sergio Rogel Cayetano
M.D.
Gynecologist
Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology via M. I. R. at Hospital General de Alicante. He become an expert in Reproductive Medicine by working at different clinics of Alicante and Murcia, in Spain, until he joined the medical team of IVF Spain back in 2011.
License: 03-0309100
Gynecologist. Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology via M. I. R. at Hospital General de Alicante. He become an expert in Reproductive Medicine by working at different clinics of Alicante and Murcia, in Spain, until he joined the medical team of IVF Spain back in 2011. License: 03-0309100.