First-ever video of human ovulation

A chance occurrence during minor surgery resulted in the first-ever video of a human ovary in the act of ovulation.

A small amount of saline was used to float the opening of the fallopian tube, its fimbriae (the "fingers" that sweep the egg into the tube) and the ovary itself. This gives a more natural appearance than gas, says Gordts.

In the video, the fimbriae can be seen sweeping in time with the patient's heartbeat. A mucus plug can be seen protruding from the ovary – this contains the egg.

"The ovum is not captured 'naked'," says Gordts. "There is no eruption like a volcano."



  1. I’m not sure how you can say a “chance occurrence during minor surgery” when the video clearly implies that this was the intention of the surgery?

  2. Even though I’ve got a pair of these I have to admit I can’t tell what exactly is going on in the video. Where’s the ovary? The mucus plug? I think I see the fimbriae, but they don’t show up till the end. A narration/explanation would be lovely if anyone can…

  3. What about the 1998 BBC Documentary by Robert Winston (“The Human Body”)

    I was watching it last night (first or second episode, I can’t remember exactly) and there is a detailed shot of an ovary releasing an egg. The narration described it as the first time that the even had been filmed. Someone is wrong here.

  4. Why does something so beautiful and magical in theory have to be so disgusting in practice?

  5. Vashti

    I was lost too until I realized my volume was muted.

    I never would’ve imagined an ovary to be so… spongy. I guess I thought the fallopian tube was a direct connector from the ovary to the uterus. Never knew about all this fimbriae business!

  6. @#1 DavidPFarrell

    Cory simply misinterpreted the info on the page that this video was pulled from. The original article talks about photos of egg release by one group and this video by another group. The photo shoot was not intended to have an egg release as the subject. Hence the accidental footage.

  7. Man, porn keeps getting more and more hard-core. Next we’ll be seeing videos of DNA recombination.

  8. My ovaries look at this and think to themselves, “OVULASHUN: WE’RE DOIN’ IT WRONG.” Poor ovaries…

  9. Even with the narration I’m confused. Is the beige glob with the dark red end the ovary, and the pink fringe the fronds of the fallopian tube?

  10. Interesting. While I admire us for trying, and appreciate the knowledge, I hope we never solve some mysteries. I think there should be a little mystery surrounding the great phenomena: birth, love, death.

  11. After looking at the photos in the linked-to article, I’m inclined to think that the clip doesn’t actually show the ovulation. Also, the article says the ovulation captured in the photos took 15 minutes, as opposed to the 55 seconds in the clip.

  12. Take a note: Somehow, Matrix-esque soundtracks don’t mesh well with ovulation footage. What’s next, bullet time photography of the ovum dodging rascally sperm cells?

  13. NOVA produced one of the most wonderful shows on human reproduction, called Life’s Greatest Miracle. Thankfully, it’s still available online in its entirety:

    This show and its predecessor, The Miracle of Life, sparked a lasting interest in the amazing world of biology in me. I highly recommend both.

  14. What seems to be missing are the circles and arrows to go with the paragraph in-bedded in the video.

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