Is it possible to fall pregnant with only one fallopian tube? The overwhelming answer is yes it is. I know it is because two members of my family have both suffered with ectopic pregnancies, and had to have one of their fallopian tubes removed. Both women feared that they would have trouble with conceiving, and they assumed that even if they could fall pregnant, then they would have to wait a long time for the experience.
Both of them were wrong. In fact my sister fell pregnant within a few months after her operation, and she went on to have five children overall. My other relative, a cousin also went on to have two children, a couple of years after her operation, and they were "planned for" babies.
In fact the biggest fear both of them had was not the getting pregnant bit, but the chance that they could have another ectopic pregnancy. My sister couldn't handle the suspense and started trying again as soon as she could, being terrified that she could lose the other fallopian, but wanting a baby so badly as well. My cousin was more cautious. She still had one fallopian tube and she wasn't going to risk losing that one as well.
People handle things in different ways, that's for sure, and fear of failure or an underlining anxiety about falling pregnant can be counterproductive and one of the reasons why women do not go on to conceive after the operation.
There is no doubt that the odds on conceiving immediately with just one tube in place, IS reduced a little, but in fact, if you are pretty healthy, and your tube is unblemished and free from scarring and disease, the odds on falling pregnant at the normal rate after a salpingectomy, is actually 70% to 85%
However, if you had a tubal pregnancy or infection that caused the removal of your tube in the first place, you may have to accept that your chances may be greatly reduced, perhaps drastically, with the odds of conception at the normal rate, lessened to 10%
One way you will be able to tell if you can conceive or not is by keeping an eye on your menstrual cycle. If your menstruation still carries on normally each month, then there is a good chance that everything else is working O.K.
You usually get a single egg being released each month by one of your ovaries. The egg will make its way down the fallopian tube in the hope that it will become fertilized. After is has been fertilized it will then make its way to the uterus. As your ovaries take it "in turns" to release an egg, there will only ever be one egg released each month anyway, but it means that for fertilization you will only need one tube.
In my cousins case she only ovulated once every two weeks, this gave her hope on one hand that her remaining tube was working, but on the other hand, served as a constant reminder that she did indeed only have one fallopian tube left.
In some cases, one of the ovaries will actually take over all of the egg production and many women (such as my sister) go on to have a normal monthly cycle. Isn't Mother Nature wonderful?
I will always remember the first thing that my sister told me after coming round after having had the surgery. She was clearly very upset that she had lost her baby and was having to come to terms with the fact that she had lost one of her fallopian tubes too.
"It doesn't matter," she whispered to me sleepily, as she snuggled down for a nap. "I shall just use the spare one next time".