Okay, so not everyone has a set of fallopian tubes, they are exclusively female. They don’t get a lot of props but they are pretty miraculous, just like the rest of your body.

fallopiantubeFallopian Tubes are named after the anatomist and physician who discovered them, Gabriele Falloppio. They are truly amazing; an adult woman’s fallopian tube is approximately 4 to 5 inches in length and anywhere from ¼ to ½ inch in diameter. There is one on each side of the uterus if all is well in the body. Fallopian tubes work in conjunction with the ovary, egg, and uterus, in fact, without the fallopian tube, the egg from the ovary would not be able to travel from point a to point b and fulfill its destiny. In her book, Woman: An Intimate Geography, (well worth a read, I might add) Author Natalie Angier likens the fallopian tube to a “gorgeous pink sea pen” swaying with the rhythm of the body and the influence of your hormonal cycle. As the egg within the follicle ripens, the fallopian tube sways and tickles with its ‘feather duster’ tips, waiting for the egg to be released. The fallopian tubes are extremely flexible and mobile, like the arms of octopus, they can even reach across the pelvis to receive an egg from the ovary on the other side of the uterus. Pretty amazing, if you ask me. Once the egg is collected, it is helped through the mucous lined tube by a process a little like peristalsis.

menstrual cycle daThe tube itself continues to sway and undulate, while the tissue lining the tube makes small contractions and expansions, and the little tiny hair like cilia wave the egg along the canal. If there is a chance for fertilization, this process also helps the sperm find its way to the egg and then creates the right environment for them to meet and greet. All of this happens in those amazing fallopian tubes. Fallopian tubes can be damaged by infection or ectopic pregnancy, which is what happens if the fertilized egg doesn’t make its way to the uterine wall. They can also be impinged by endometrial or other types of scar tissue. Women can have their fallopian tubes either tied or removed as a form of birth control.

Energetically, I think the fallopian tubes represent a significant step in actualizing the creative process with grace and ease. They are the undulating receptacles of your creative endeavors, gracefully moving them towards fruition. If you have had them removed or have had them tied, it could be worth giving some attention to your body about creative completion; finding ways to energetically meet the need that the physical can no longer do. Imagine the energy and flow of the ocean moving that which you want to actualize into the process of gestating and birthing. If you do have both of your fallopian tubes intact, it could be worth taking a moment to rub your belly and give them some love.