Fallopian tubes are the two long, thin tubes that connect to a woman's uterus (one on each side). The other ends of the tubes flare open with several long fringes, called fimbrae, on the end. After ovulation
, these fimbrae beat back and forth to help guide the egg into the fallopian tube. Once inside the tube, tiny hairs called cilia push the egg along and toward the uterus. Fertilization
typically occurs in the fallopian tube if the egg encounters a sperm.
Also Known As: uterine tubes, oviducts