As explained in previous blogs, malformations of the uterus can sometimes occur during fetal development. A septate uterus results when the tubes that eventually become the uterus do not fuse together properly and end up creating two cavities. As of today, there is no understanding as to why this malformation occurs.

In most cases, a septate uterus has no effects on adult sexual activity or fertility, though it may create complications during pregnancy. A septate uterus increases the risk of premature labour, miscarriage, or a breech birth. Most women may not require treatment for a septate uterus; however, if there are problems with recurrent miscarriages, the wall separating the two uterine cavities may need to be removed.

Diagnosis of a septate uterus can usually be confirmed with a routine exam. In some cases, an accurate diagnosis may require an ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram, or an MRI.

There are no definite signs or symptoms of this condition, but if you experience extreme pain during menstrual cycles or if a tampon doesn’t absorb all of the blood you excrete, this may be an indication of a septate uterus. Contact your doctor with any questions and concerns.

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