Skip to Content
A woman's two fallopian tubes lead upward from each upper side of
the uterus and end near the ovaries. When an egg is released by an ovary
(ovulation), it travels down a fallopian tube toward the uterus.
After ovulation, egg fertilization usually happens in a fallopian
tube. The fertilized egg then travels to the uterus, where it implants and
grows. If a woman's fallopian tubes are blocked by scar tissue, such as from
pelvic inflammatory disease, she may be unable to become pregnant or may have a
tubal (ectopic) pregnancy.
Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2017 Rush Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)