By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – Could there be a link between having your appendix or your tonsils removed and your fertility?

Some people have worried that if a woman has her appendix removed that she might have a harder time becoming pregnant. The theory is that scar tissue formation after surgery could affect her reproductive organs.

But according to a new study out of the United Kingdom, women who had either their appendix or their tonsils removed had higher pregnancy rates than women who didn’t, and the rates were even higher among women who had had both surgeries performed.

It’s important to point out that this was just an observation and does not necessarily mean that having your tonsils or your appendix removed will improve your fertility. Further study is warranted.

Dr. Mallika Marshall


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