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Fallopian Tubes Don't Play Music

If you're trying to get pregnant, it might be time to familiarize yourself with an important part of a woman's reproductive anatomy — the fallopian tubes. No, they don't play music … yet they transport something even more miraculous.

These two long thin tubes are located on either side of the uterus and allow passage of an egg from the ovaries to the uterus. One end is connected to the uterus, while the other end flares open with several long fringes, called fimbrae. In the perfect scenario the ovarian follicle ruptures, and the egg is caught in the fimbrae and travels to the ampulla, the curved portion of the tube over the ovary. Here is where the egg and sperm usually get together, turn into a zygoe and travel on their merry way to the uterus to become an embryo and implant. And all of this is aided by the fallopian tube muscle and the cilia, the tiny hairs inside the fallopian tubes that help push things along.

Whew, there's a lot going on in those tubes. It's no wonder that problems with the fallopian tubes are one of the leading causes of female infertility.

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