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Septate Uterus

  • Overview

    A woman with a septate uterus has a normal shaped uterus with a wall of tissue creating two cavities.

    • Some women may not even realize they have a septate uterus, even during pregnancy and childbirth.
    • A septate uterus may not require treatment unless there is recurrent pregnancy loss. Removing the wall may enable a pregnancy to reach full term.

    How Boston Children's Hospital approaches septate uterus

    At Children's Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract, an interdisciplinary team of pediatricians, gynecologists, urogynecologists and colorectal surgeons who will identity the best treatment plan for your daughter's septate uterus.

    Children's Hospital Boston
    300 Longwood Ave.
    Boston MA 02115
     fax: 617-730-0186

  • In-Depth

    What are the symptoms of septate uterus?

    • unusual pain before or during a menstrual period.
    • a tampon may not prevent menstrual blood from leaking out.

    What causes septate uterus?

    • A septate uterus forms during embryological development when the tubes that eventually become one uterus don't fuse together properly.
    • The cause of this genetic abnormality is unknown.

    Will a septate uterus affect sexual and reproductive life?

    • Having a septate uterus doesn't affect a woman's sexual pleasure or fertility.
    • Women with a septate uterus can have a normal reproductive life, but it may add complications to pregnancy. There is a higher risk for miscarriage, premature labor or breech presentation (when the baby's feet come out first), which usually requires a Caesarean section.
  • Tests

    How does a doctor diagnose a septate uterus?

    Usually, a septate uterus isn't diagnosed until a woman seeks help for pregnancy difficulties. A septate uterus can be confirmed with imaging technology, such as an ultrasound or an MRI.

  • Septate uterus treatment at Boston Children's Hospital

    • The Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract doesn't usually recommend surgery for a septate uterus. Doctors at the Center will be able to advise you on how to manage your pregnancy and prevent preterm delivery.
    • In cases of recurrent pregnancy loss, The Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract offers surgery that can repair the division within the uterus and enable pregnancy.
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