Septate Uterus

Definition - What does Septate Uterus mean?

Septate uterus is a medical condition that impacts the shape of the uterus. While a septate uterus will not impede conception, it is a known cause of recurrent pregnancy loss and pre-term labor. However, most cases of septate uterus can be treated with a minor procedure.

FertilitySmarts explains Septate Uterus

Septate uterus is a congenital condition, meaning a woman is born with it. A septate uterus occurs when a uterus forms with a membrane that runs through it. The membrane, called the septum, may split the uterus completely or partially.

Most cases of septate uterus diagnosed before pregnancy occurs can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure called a hysteroscopy. During a hysteroscopy, a surgeon accesses the uterus through the cervix and removes 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 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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