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The Fallopian Tubes


Lt Col Flemings
Women have two fallopian tubes, one on each side of the uterus. Dr. Malone, will you tell us about the fallopian tubes?

Dr. Malone
Sure thing, Dr. Flemings. Each fallopian tube is a slender tube that carries an egg from a woman’s ovary to her uterus. Fingerlike projections at the end of the fallopian tube lie next to the ovary and produce peritoneal fluid in which the egg is transported. Small hair-like structures called cilia pulsate inside the fallopian tubes to guide the egg, or ovum, from the ovary to the uterus.

The fallopian tube is where an egg may be fertilized by a man’s sperm if sexual intercourse occurs around the time of ovulation. The fertilized egg then moves through the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it implants and continues to develop until birth. If the egg is not fertilized, it will disintegrate and be shed along with the lining of the uterus during menstruation.