These treatments for infertility are surgical procedures that can improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Whether these options can help an individual woman to conceive a baby depends on the reasons for her inability to get pregnant. To determine the cause of infertility, women (and men!) must see their doctor and take a few fertility tests.

 Fertility OperationsHere’s what Dr Miriam Stoppard, author of Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today’s Parents, says about surgical procedures to help women get pregnant:

“Microsurgical techniques, involving laparoscopy, have greatly improved doctors’ ability to repair any damage to the fallopian tubes,” she writes. “If you have clomiphene-resistant PCOS your doctors may suggest you have surgery, such as ovarian drilling. In this operation, holes are drilled in the surface of your ovary with diathermy or laser to stimulate ovulation.”

For more information on improving both male and female fertility, read the The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility. And, here are three operations for women who can’t get pregnant, from Dr Stoppard’s book on conception, pregnancy, and birth…

3 Operations That Can Help Women Get Pregnant

Fimbrioplasty. The fimbriae are at the “frond-like ends” of the fallopian tube, and they can fuse together. They then block the fallopian tube and prevent eggs from entering from the ovary. A fimbrioplasty is a microsurgical technique that can open the blocked tubes and allow eggs to go through – and hopefully help the woman get pregnant!

Tuboplasty. A possible reason for infertility is scarred and narrowed fallopian tubes. A tuboplasty is a surgery that can unblock fallopian tubes – and it’s a fairly simple procedure. “A small balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into the blocked fallopian tube,” writes Dr Stoppard. “The balloon is then inflated to open the damaged tube and create a passage for fertilized eggs to pass through to reach the uterus. The balloon is then deflated and removed.”

If you are coping with female infertility, you might find Acupuncture for Fertility and Your Chances of Pregnancy helpful.

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Reversal of sterilization. If female infertility is caused by sterilization, then a reversal can do more than improve fertility…it can help a woman get pregnant. The sterilization operation that severs the sections of the fallopian tubes can be reversed, by rejoining those severed sections. In this case, pregnancy rates can be as high as 92%…though in Conception, Pregnancy & Birth, Dr Stoppard says success rates depend on the skill of the surgeon. She also says that sterilization in which the tubes have been clamped (as opposed to cut) has the highest chance of being successfully reversed. Also, in vitro fertilization may be the best way for women who were sterilized to get pregnant.

If you are considering an operation or surgical procedure to help you get pregnant, I encourage you to talk to different fertility specialists and doctors. Try to get a second and third opinion, to make sure you’re doing the right thing.

If you’re not in your 20s or 30s, read 15 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy After 40.

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6 thoughts on “3 Fertility Operations for Women Who Can’t Get Pregnant”

  1. Hello ,I got ectopic pregnancy and ruptured tube five years ago since that i am trying to get pregnant i took vitamins nothing work and the in vitro is so expensive i dont have insurance to cover how can I get help to get pregnant what can i do

  2. I want to get pregnant but it not working for me I have two kids I tried to get pregnant with with my third child but it is not working I want to get surgery to get pregnant

  3. Dear Claudia,

    It sounds like you’ve had such a difficult time getting pregnant – you want a baby so badly, yet it just hasn’t happened yet. It’s very disappointing, and I’m sorry.

    I don’t know if there are any fertility operations that can help you — you need a gynecologist or fertility doctor to help you through that. The first step is getting a diagnosis, and learning why your first two pregnancies didn’t take.

    As far as funding programs, I today learned about a new way to raise money for fertility operations and treatments. The article is called “Crowdfunding helps some couples afford costly fertility treatments”, and it’s by Amanda Woerner.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    Fueled by their desire to start a family, some couples are turning towards a unique way of raising cash for costly fertility treatments: crowdfunding.

    After 42-year-old Tara Holmes Williams of Rhode Island and her husband Christopher got married in October 2010, they turned to fertility treatments to help them start a family.

    After initial treatments failed, the couple advanced to in vitro fertilization – which involves joining a couple’s sperm and egg in a laboratory dish and implanting the resulting embryo into the woman’s body. After one round of the treatment, which the American Society of Reproductive Medicine estimates can cost at least $12,400, Williams was delighted to find out she was pregnant.

    But sadly, 38 weeks into her pregnancy, Williams lost her child. Three months later, the couple opted to transfer the remaining frozen embryos from their first round of IVF into Williams’ womb – but when none of the embryos took, they were back to square one. Knowing they would need at least $20,000 to cover the costs related to another round of IVF, the couple – who had already spent tens of thousands of dollars on previous treatments – was distraught.

    Then, a friend told them about Though initially skeptical, Williams and her husband, who is serving in the U.S. Navy, eventually decided to share their story on the site and see what would happen.

    “We started looking into the site, and found that people were saying great things about it. We realized…you’re not forcing anyone to do anything,” Williams, a former teacher, told “…So I sat down and wrote out our story, put it out there and gosh, it just blew up.”

    The couple offered incentives to donors, such as offering to name benefactors as honorary godparents to their future child or guaranteeing to send photos every month for the child’s first year of life. Within ten short weeks, the couple had successfully raised the $20,000 they needed to start their next round of IVF.

    Thanks to their crowdfunding efforts, Williams is now five months pregnant – and determined to pay out those incentives.

    “It’s a big task but we’re going to go back and compile a spreadsheet of everyone who donated, and we’re going to put that together and send them the incentives. Most of them are pictures, one a month for the first year,” Williams said. “And the baby will have a lot of honorary godparents.”

    Overall, the couple found their crowdfunding experience to be positive. While they ended up taking an additional loan to cover extra costs beyond the money they raised, they pledge to donate any surplus funds to other couples seeking donations for fertility treatments.

    IVF treatments aren’t the only focus of crowdfunding among couples struggling with infertility. Lisa Kietzman Heine, 32, and her husband, Bryan, are raising funds to pay for an egg donor, after eight years of struggling with infertility and three failed rounds of IVF. The couple turned to, despite some reservations about making their story public. Donations towards their $6,000 goal immediately began to flow in – from family, friends, long-lost acquaintances and even strangers.

    Read the full article at .

  4. Hello my name is Claudia Duran. I am 39 years of age. in the past I have gotten pregnant twice both times I had to have surgery to remove them one was a tubal and the other they said was outside of the womb.. I would desperately love to have my own the past I have raised children that weren’t mine. Is there a program and surgery that I can do help me?? Also a funding program that will help me
    ?? would love to hear back from you… Sincerely baby blues