Septate Uterus

Definition - What does Septate Uterus mean?

A septate uterus is a medical condition when a uterus forms with a membrane that runs through it. The membrane, called the septum, may split the uterus completely or partially.

While a septate uterus will not prevent a woman from getting pregnant, it is a known cause of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) and pre-term labor. Most cases can be treated with a minor procedure.

FertilitySmarts explains Septate Uterus

Septate uterus is a congenital condition, meaning a woman is born with it. Most cases diagnosed before pregnancy occurs can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure called a uterine septum resection.

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a surgeon to access the uterus through the cervix and removal of the septum. The procedure is typically completed in an outpatient clinic and woman can resume normal activities that day.

However, if undiagnosed, a pregnant woman with a septate uterus is at increased risk of spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), pre-term labor, or laboring in the breech position (when the infant is feet first).

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