The fallopian tubes are microscopically small tubes that link the ovaries to the uterus.  In women after puberty and before menopause, the eggs released during ovulation travel down the fallopian tubes towards the uterus to be fertilized, and most eggs that are fertilized are fertilized in the tubes. 

A tubal ligation is a method of sterilization where the fallopian tubes are severed and tied at the loose ends, preventing eggs from reaching the uterus. 

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy where the fertilized egg becomes attached to the wall of the fallopian tube instead of travelling to the uterus.  Ectopic pregnancies are very dangerous and can result in rupture of the tubes, bleeding and death.

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