Does Apple Cider Vinegar Unblock Fallopian Tubes?

Pregnant woman
Fallopian tubes transport the egg to the uterus. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Fallopian tube blockage can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant and is a major cause of infertility. A special X-ray called a hysterosalpingogram is used to look inside the uterus and fallopian tubes to help identify a blockage. Proponents claim that apple cider vinegar is a cure-all for a number of conditions, including blocked fallopian tubes. Clinical data to support this claim are lacking. Talk to your doctor before trying apple cider vinegar.

Role

Fallopian tubes serve as the primary mode of transportation for mature eggs. If one of your fallopian tubes is blocked, you might still be able to become pregnant. However, blockage of both fallopian tubes prevents fertilization. Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is a common cause of fallopian tube obstruction. In some instances, fallopian tube blockage can cause abdominal pain. In the vast majority of cases, no symptoms are present.

ACV

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is a product of fermentation that results in beneficial yeasts and bacteria. In addition, ACV contains a number of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, copper, B vitamins and vitamin C. Proponents claim that ACV taken daily can help unblock fallopian tubes by balancing hormones and reducing fibroids. There is no research to show that ACV can treat or cure any condition.

Procedure

ACV is a time-honored alternative remedy, according to Patricia Bragg, author of "Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System." For fertility problems, ACV is typically taken three times per day. A common method is to place 2 tablespoons of ACV in 4 to 6 ounces of water, explains Bragg. You can add a touch of honey or molasses to sweeten the mixture. You can drink the mixture right away or sip it over a 30-minute period.

Considerations

Surgery is one of the primary treatments for blocked fallopian tubes. Some women use ACV as an alternative to surgery. Because research showing the safety and efficacy of using ACV to unblock fallopian tubes is lacking, you might want to try another alternative. A study published in the January 2008 issue of the journal "Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine," states that pelvic physical therapy achieves a 61 percent success rate at opening blocked fallopian tubes. Pelvic physical therapy is a special massage used to treat infertility.

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