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: 3/23/2018 2:16:33 PM

From the Newsdesk

Navigating the Teen Years - A Parental Survival Guide
11/14/2013 — “Adolescence is often the period in a child’s life when he or she begins to separate from his parents and develop his own identity,” says Lorena Siqueira, MD, Adolescent Medical Director at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “The child’s effort to become more independent can be a difficult time for the whole family.”
Common Questions About Breast Development
11/03/2013 — Breast development is the first sign of puberty in the majority of adolescent females. This can occur as early as age 8 years.