Fallopian tubes are an integral part of natural conception as the sperm and egg meet and fertilise in the fallopian tube and then transported by tube to the womb for implantation. Any damage or blockage in the tube could interfere with natural conception.
Tubal patency can be checked by HSG- Hysterosalpingogram or HYCOSY- ultrasound guided dye test in a clinic without the need of anaesthetics. Laparoscopy still remains the gold standard and offers more detailed analysis, but requires a general anaesthetic. Laparoscopy also offers the significant advantage of correcting any blocks, if possible, during the same operation.