Can removing your appendix effect childbearing?

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Can removing your appendix effect childbearing?
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 11:09pm

I just heard this today and I am wondering if there is any truth to it - can removing an appendix effect a woman's ability to conceive or carry a child to term?

I'm asking because the person who told me knows a friend who could not get pregnant and was told something to the effect of scar tissue somehow blocked one of her fallopian tubes, after the removal of the appendix at a young age and made conception impossible for her. She also said the woman had regular periods.

I find this hard to believe and I never heard of such a thing. I hope that's not the case because I had mine removed at 16! If this is a possibility of any kind, wouldn't we be told of such consequences when the procedure is to be done?

Also, how would she be able to have regular periods? Basically, I understood that if a woman has trouble conceiving, and that if she has had appendix removed then it might be highly unlikely she'll get pregnant...any truth to this, anyone?

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Registered: 11-19-2011
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 2:12pm

I had my appendix removed at age 21.  I was told by my doctor that it could make it difficult for me to conceive because the abdominal inflammation can cause scarring of the fallopian tubes.  I was able to conceive my DD in 6 months, and I have regular periods.  I was told by my OBGYN that I was at an increased risk of an ectopic if there was any scar tissue in the tube that didn't complete block it, so I had a very early ultrasound with DD to make sure that the egg had implanted in the right spot.  

Even if a fallopian tube is scarred, it would not affect a woman's menstrual cycle, so it would be possible to have regular periods and still not be able to conceive.  An HSG test would show whether or not a fallopian tube is blocked.

If it turns out that a tube is blocked, conception is still possible, either through IVF or tubal repair surgery.



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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 2:11pm

I've never heard of this before.  I suppose that scar tissue could affect it, although you should still have a functioning one on the other side so I wouldn't think it would completely ruin your fertility.

I did some research and ran across an article from Fox News about a research study on this subject that actually found the opposite to be true:

Did your appendix rupture, and what type of surgery did you have?