The fallopian tubes (or uterine tubes) are muscular ‘J-shaped’ tubes,
found in the female reproductive tract. Each side of the uterus has
a fallopian tube that extends from it and reaches the ovary on the
corresponding side. They are one of the main components of the
female reproductive system and they must work properly to ensure
The fallopian tubes are uterine appendages that exit the uterus through an area referred to
as the cornua, which forms a connection between the endometrial and peritoneal cavities. Each
uterine tube is approximately 10 cm in length and 1 cm in diameter. The distal portion of the
uterine tube ends in an orientation encircling the ovary.
A uterine tube contains three parts. The first segment, closest
to the uterus, is called the isthmus. The second segment is the
ampulla, which becomes more dilated in diameter and is the most
common site for fertilisation. The final segment, located farthest from
the uterus, is the infundibulum. The infundibulum gives rise to the
fimbriae, fingerlike projections responsible for picking up the egg
released by the ovary.
The main function of the fallopian tubes is to assist in the transfer
of the ovum from the ovary to the uterus in the following manner:
Every month, inside the ovaries, a group of eggs start growing
in small, fluid-filled sacs called follicles. Eventually, one of the
eggs, through the process of ovulation, erupts from the follicle.
This usually happens two weeks before the subsequent period.
After the egg leaves the follicle, the follicle develops into the
corpus luteum. The corpus luteum releases a hormone that
helps thicken the lining of a woman’s uterus, and prepare it to
receive the egg.
- Release of egg
After the egg is released, it moves into the fallopian tube
and stays there for nearly 24 hours, waiting for a sperm to
If one sperm does make its way into any of the fallopian tubes
and burrows into the egg, fertilisation occurs. The egg then
does not allow any other sperm to enter. At the instant of fertilisation, the baby's genes and
sex are set. If the sperm has a Y chromosome, the baby will be a boy. If it has an X chromosome,
the baby will be a girl. If no sperm fertilises the egg, it moves through the uterus and
The egg stays in the fallopian tube for nearly 3-4 days. But, within 24
hours of being fertilised, it starts dividing rapidly into many cells and continues to divide as Egg
it moves slowly through the fallopian tube to the uterus. It then attaches itself to the lining
of the uterus. This is called implantation.
Fallopian tubes provide a safe passage to the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Nearly 20%
of female infertility issues are related to a blocked or damaged fallopian tube, due to any of the
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Scar tissue, adhesions and damaged tube ends (fimbriae)
- Blocked tubes since birth (congenital tubal obstruction)
- Intentional tying or clipping to prevent pregnancy
- Accidental damage, following other surgery
Symptoms of fallopian tube problems may include:
- General pain in the pelvic area
- Irregular periods with varying number of days between each period
- Absent or sudden stopping of periods
- Very long menstrual cycle (35 days or more) or too short (less than 21 days)
- Very painful period
- Repeated miscarriages
- Milky white discharge from nipples, unrelated to pregnancy
- Changing skin, which often includes increased acne, change in libido, etc.
- Pain during or following intercourse
Fallopian Tube Cleanse
A Fallopian Tube Cleanse helps cleanse the entire reproductive
system, and increases circulation to the reproductive organs.
Cleansing helps eliminate toxic compounds that increase chances
of inflammation, often responsible for scarring of the fallopian tube.
Starting your Fallopian Tube Cleanse should begin with a Fertility
Cleanse. It creates a 'clean slate' and helps the body respond and
utilise other natural remedies better (for details, see Uterus and
Fertility Cleanse on page 162 onwards).
Self fertility massage
Self fertility massage is a series of massage techniques that support
reproductive health, menstrual cycles, and fertility.
One of the greatest benefits of the massage is its ability to break
adhesions. Adhesions comprise scar tissues. These adhesions cause
the fallopian tubes to become blocked, stick together or stick to
other parts of the reproductive organs or other internal tissues of the
body. Self fertility massage helps break these adhesions gently and
increases circulation to detoxify and restore optimal functionality of the
reproductive organs, including the fallopian tubes. Massage provides
a great non-intrusive cure for women with blocked fallopian tubes.
This massage can be performed for 15 minutes every day. Before
beginning, make sure your bladder is empty. Avoid the massage, if
you suspect that you are pregnant or if you are menstruating. Stop
the self massage if you experience pain or feel uncomfortable. Self
massage should be performed 3-4 times a day for nearly two weeks
to obtain good results:
- Before you begin, warm up your hands and apply a massage oil, such as almond or olive oil.
- Locate the uterus, between the pubic bone and the navel.
- Use your fingers to gently apply a little pressure across the top edge of your uterus.
- By using moderate to deep pressure, find areas of your pelvic region that feel tight and
gently massage in circular motions all the way around your lower abdominal area. Always
massage in a clockwise manner.
- Use your intuition to massage the areas that feel tense. Take a deep breath and try
to relax your pelvic area by visualising your ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus full
of positive healing energy and light.
- Open your mouth and relax your jaw.
Relaxing your jaw helps relax and release accumulated stress
in your pelvis.
- Finish by gently pressing up and down. Continue this 'up and down' motion for at least 10-20 counts.
Self massage helps in cases of pain from endometriosis, twisted fallopian tubes, ovulation
pain and other concerns. All the reproductive organs are positively affected by this
massage because it increases blood flow to the ovaries supplying
the eggs, with oxygen rich blood. Additionally, the massage helps in
digestion and eliminates toxins from the body.
Even excess hormones, that may cause damage, are flushed
out. It is also essential that feces are moved out of the human
system regularly to reduce fecal pressure on the reproductive
Self massage benefits the fallopian tube health as follows:
- Helps the body clear blocked fallopian tubes
- Helps break scar tissue
- Increased circulation aids in tissue elimination
- Helps reduce inflammation
- Helps the body loosen tight or twisted muscles
Fertility massage and menstrual cycle
The average length of a female menstrual cycle is 28 days. The entire duration can be divided
into following phases:
- Menstrual phase - Day 1 to 5
- Follicular phase - Day 1 to 13
- Ovulation phase - Day 14
- Luteal phase Day 15 to 28
The best time for a fertility massage is after the menstrual phase
until the ovulation phase (from day 6 to 14). This is because the egg
is produced, developed and released during this time, and the self
fertility massage can help direct regular supply of oxygenated blood
and even distribution of hormones toward the reproductive area.
Women who are not trying to conceive, but only preparing
their body, can engage in self fertility massage anytime during the
menstrual cycle, except during menstruation.
For women trying to conceive, fertility massage should not be
done during the luteal phase to avoid the risk of miscarriage, in
case implantation occurs immediately after ovulation.
The ovarian massage helps draw oxygenated blood to your ovaries
and release congestion by improving circulation to this area including
the fallopian tubes. The process is as follows:
- Begin by warming up your hands.
- Take a deep breath and relax your jaw and pelvic area by placing a pillow under your knees.
- Visualise a beautiful white light surrounding you, helping you relax, and release all mental and emotional worries.
- Locate the areas on both left and right sides 3" from the middle line and 4" down from the navel.
- Massage left and right side, in a clockwise motion, deeply applying an increased pressure and then release your fingertips.
If you feel pain or discomfort, do not apply too much pressure.
- Finish by taking a deep breath.
- Visualise your ovaries and fallopian tubes completely healthy and clear of any scarring or blockage.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do blocked fallopian tubes cause infertility?
Every month, when ovulation occurs, an egg is released from one
of the ovaries. The egg travels from the ovary, through the tubes, into
the uterus. The sperms need to swim their way from the cervix, through
the uterus and the fallopian tubes, to reach the egg. Fertilisation usually
takes place while the egg is traveling through the tube. If one or both
fallopian tubes are blocked, the egg cannot reach the uterus, and the
sperm cannot reach the egg, preventing fertilisation and pregnancy.
It's also possible for the tube to be blocked only partially increasing
the risk of a tubal pregnancy, or ectopic pregnancy.
- Can I get pregnant with one functional fallopian tube?
You might have only one fallopian tube if you've had pelvic
surgery due to an infection or a tumor, or a past ectopic pregnancy.
Occasionally, some women are born with only one tube. However, you
may still be able to get pregnant with one functional fallopian tube.
- What is endometriosis?
It is a condition, wherein the tissue that forms the lining of the
uterus (the endometrium) is outside the uterus instead of inside.
- How will I know if my tubes are healed and unblocked, or not?
Hopefully by then, you would already be pregnant with a healthy
baby, and will not need any testing!
- Can natural therapies for blocked fallopian tubes heal twisted
fallopian tubes, or tubes stuck to other organs or tissues? What
about fallopian tubes that have been blocked for many years?
Severely damaged fallopian tubes need special care. The longer
the fallopian tissues have been damaged, the longer it may take to
get them to function naturally again. It really depends on the extent
of damage, and duration of the issue. Your efforts and subsequent
improvement in your system, will help you determine this.
- Is it possible to naturally regrow the fimbriae and cilia once
it has been damaged by scar tissue?
There are no known home remedies that are proven to regrow
either the fimbriae or cilia, but it will not hurt to look into options that
reduce scar tissue formation, promote circulation and protect cellular
- Why don’t you suggest using herbal tampons for blocked fallopian tubes?
I find that the risk of infection due to use of such herbal tampons is
greater than its benefits. Many of the herbs used in herbal tampons
are just as effective when taken orally. Additionally, herbal tampons
are expensive as compared to other natural options.