Double Uterus

A double uterus is a rare congenital abnormality, and many times, it isn’t a pleasant one. The condition begins while a female child is developing, the uterus is just two small tubes. These tubes will eventually become the uterus.

Under normal conditions, these two tubes join together and make one single uterus, which is a hollow organ. However, in some cases, the tubes do not completely join together. Rather, they develop into separate structures. In most cases, the double uterus has one opening, the cervix. The cervix opens into the vagina.

Rarer cases cause each uterine cavity to develop their own cervix. A thin strip of tissue lines the center of the vagina, which divides it into two different openings.

The majority of women who are born with the condition of a double uterus are able to get pregnant and have successful pregnancies. Unfortunately, some women are unable to carry the fetus to full term, and others have miscarriages.

Women who have double uterus’ generally have no symptoms. The condition is found during a pelvic examination, or during routine tests to determine why they have repeatedly miscarried pregnancies.

The most difficult problem to deal with is a condition where there are two vaginas. This is because the woman inserts a tampon into one vagina, but menstrual blood is still escaping from the second vagina and uterus. While it is not dangerous, it can absolutely be annoying.

Causes and Complications

It is still a mystery as to why some female fetuses develop double uteruses, while others do not. However, it is thought that a genetic component may be involved since this extremely rare condition has been known to run in families.

There are not very many complications associated with women who have a double uterus. They are able to live normal sex lives, have normal pregnancies, and deliver their babies normally. However, because the uterus develops abnormally, other organs may develop abnormally as well. A small portion of these women can suffer from infertility and miscarriage. The other organ that can be affected is the kidneys.

Diagnosis

Most women who have a double uterus are unaware of the condition until they begin having routine pelvic examinations. The doctor will notice that the uterus is abnormally shaped and order further tests. The first test and most accurate is the ultrasound. It is frequently used because it does not cause any side effects, even if used for a prolonged period of time.

Treatment for a double uterus is not necessary unless there are signs and symptoms that cause discomfort. There is a surgery, which is rarely performed, which unites a double uterus. This is usually only completed in cases where there is a partial division of the uterus which is causing repeated miscarriage.

If the condition affects more than the uterus, for example, if you have two vaginas, your doctor may recommend a surgery that removes the wall of tissue separating the two. Not only does this make your daily life more pleasant, and menstruation a lot simpler, it can also make childbirth a lot easier.