Encapsulation of germline cells by layers of somatic cells forms the basic unit of female reproduction called primordial follicles in mammals and egg chambers in Drosophila . How germline and somatic tissues are coordinated for the morphogenesis of each separated unit remains poorly understood . Here, using improved live-imaging of Drosophila ovaries, we uncovered periodic actomyosin waves at the cortex of germ cells . These contractile waves are associated with pressure release blebs, which project from germ cells into somatic cells . We demonstrate that these cortical activities, together with cadherin-based adhesion, are required to sort each germline cyst as one collective unit . Genetic perturbations of cortical contractility, blebs protrusion or adhesion between germline and somatic cells induced failures to encapsulate any germ cells or the inclusion of too many germ cells or even the mechanical split of germline cysts . Our results reveal that germ cells play an active role in the physical coupling with somatic cells to produce the female gamete.