Uterine tube (Fallopian tube)
The uterine tube (Fallopian tube) carries an egg from the ovary to the uterus. Unless a biological abnormality, surgery, or ectopic pregnancy caused the loss of a tube, women should have two uterine tubes in their bodies. Some women may suffer from a tubal or ectopic pregnancy that puts their fallopian tube as well as their lives in jeopardy. Ectopic pregnancies result from a fertilized egg staying in the tube rather than traveling to the uterus. These pregnancies cannot be carried to term or converted into normal pregnancies. A doctor must medically terminate the pregnancy with drugs or surgery. Untreated ectopic pregnancies can rupture the uterine tube (Fallopian tube) and cause life-threatening bleeding or loss of fertility. Women with multiple sexual partners or a history of sexually-transmitted diseases are more likely to suffer from ectopic pregnancies. Infections can also harm Fallopian tubes. Women who no longer want children can have their "tubes tied" to prevent eggs from moving from the Fallopian tubes into the uterus.
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