Septate Uterus

Also known as: Uterine septum, arcuate uterus, bicornuate uterus

What is septate uterus?

A septate uterus is a congenital (developing before birth) anomaly of a normally shaped uterus where a wall of tissue runs down the middle (extending partially down the center, or all the way completely), dividing the uterine cavity into two.


What causes septate uterus? 

Septate uterus is a defect that develops as the fetus is growing in the womb. The cause is unknown.


What are the symptoms of septate uterus? 

Often a septate uterus doesn’t cause any symptoms until puberty when it may cause menstrual pain that is greater than normal. In some cases, it might cause complications during pregnancy and/or delivery including preterm labor, miscarriage and breech (feet first) delivery.


What are septate uterus care options? 

Surgery, if necessary may be undertaken to remove the wall of tissue. 

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 10/31/2017 11:56:19 AM