Contrary to what you may think, the fallopian tubes are not actually attached to the ovaries. (Mind-blowing, we know.) Some people describe them as "floating" inside the reproductive tract.

So, how does that work? How does the egg go from the ovaries to the fallopian tubes for ovulation if the parts aren't directly connected? We talked to experts for more information on the transient nature of one of your key reproductive body parts.

What is the purpose of the fallopian tubes?

The anatomy of your reproductive system is complex, and the fallopian tubes (also known as uterine tubes or oviducts) play an important part.

"The fallopian tubes are located in the pelvis and serve as a slender tube which connects the ovaries to the uterus," explained Kecia Gaither, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx.

One ovary and tube lie on each side of the uterus. The fallopian tubes' primary function is to help transport eggs from the ovaries