Can the uterus have birth defects?
Fertility doctor, Natalie Crawford, MD reviews the development of the uterus and common birth defects. Did you know that uterine birth defects can occur – these are called mullein abnormalities. The tissue that forms the uterus also forms the top 1/3 of the vagina, the cervix, and the Fallopian tubes – and development can occur all along this pathway.
How is the uterus formed?
Are there birth defects of the uterus?
How do you know if you have a uterine birth defect?
What is an arcuate uterus?
What is a bicornuate uterus?
What is a septate uterus?
What is a uterine septum?
How do you fix a uterine septum?
What is a uterine didelphys?
What is a unicornuate uterus?
Can you be born without a uterus?
What is mullein genesis or MRKH?
How do you evaluate the uterus?
What is an HSG? What is a saline sonogram?
*Evaluating the uterus is a normal part of a fertility evaluation. However, if you have painful periods or no periods you should seek medical care for an evaluation. This is medical education and nor medical advice – only your doctor can answer your personal medical questions.
Resources for images:
Fritz and Speroff, Clinical Gynecology Endocrinology and Infertility, 8th edition, 2011
[also yes, that is a bandaid – I cut my finger chopping sweet potatoes *vegan problems]
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