What is a bicornuate uterus (with pictures) electricity and magnetism worksheets 5th grade


A bicornuate uterus is when the uterus is sectioned into two chambers, or horns, instead of one. Also referred to as a “heart-shaped” uterus, this organ shape forms during the embryonic stage of development. The Mullerian ducts, which become the ovaries and fallopian tubes, don’t fuse properly causing the bottom part of the uterus to appear normal while the upper part folds inward causing a malformed uterus shaped like a heart.

Many women don’t even realize they have a bicornuate uterus until they try to get pregnant. Although not related definitely to infertility, this uterus shape can make getting pregnant challenging and put a women into a high-risk category if she does conceive. These women are often told they will have difficulty conceiving, if at all, and are at high risk for miscarriage (63%) as well as pre-term delivery (15-25%). Because a uterus with a two chambers has less room than a normally shaped uterus, the possibility a baby will be born breech increases in a partial bicornuate to 40 – 50%.

About three years later, I got pregnant again, and it was an uneventful pregnancy short of developing bilateral pneumonia twice, gestational diabetes in the second trimester, and during labor, multiple attempts at an epidural that ultimately didn’t work, so I felt everything during the delivery and then the baby had meconium.

My periods remained painful and irregular for the four years following baby number two and I was only diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus due to having a hysterectomy because I could no longer take the pain and the every two week cycles. I also had adenomyosis, which my doc told me is a condition which typically affects women over the age of 50.

Anyway, I never post comments on articles and such, and I have no idea how old this post is, but when I read your comment on this subject, "I was wondering, does anyone know if spina bifida occulta is also known in people with our problem, along with heart murmurs? I have both of these problems, as well. My second child, a boy, has spina bifida occulta and heart murmur also," I knew I had to respond to let you know you’re not alone. Aside from the bicornuate uterus, I was diagnosed with spina bifida occulta a few years ago and I also have a faint heart murmur. So maybe you’re on to something with these conditions potentially being linked.

didn’t dilate. After 17 1/2 hours in labor, the baby in distress and me passing out, the doctor did an emergency C-section. The baby was OK and I bled heavily for seven weeks after the birth. About 2 1/2 years later, I got pregnant again. I had an easy pregnancy, but my labor was different. The doctor did a pelvic X-ray to see if my pelvis was large enough for a natural birth. Everything seemed OK, so I tried labor. After 11 hours, I only dilated to 1 1/2 cm, so the doctor said OK, do a C-section. For each of these births, the baby’s head was in the correct position, except my second baby had the cord wrapped around his neck, but he was fine. I had eight weeks again of severe bleeding.

About 2 1/2 years later, I got pregnant again, and it was an easy pregnancy, and I still didn’t know about my condition. The doctor told me this baby would not be born without a C-section, but never told me of my condition, or even if he even knew of it. So a week early, my daughter was born by C-section and an epidural that didn’t work, so I felt everything that was happening, plus I had pain in my diaphragm. I thought I was having a heart attack, but the doctor said it was a blood clot in my diaphragm.

While all this was happening, the doctor asked if I wanted my tubes tied. I told him no, just get out of there. Anyway, the baby and I were fine, except for 10 weeks of me bleeding profusely. My periods were gone during breast feeding, which was great, then back to periods. After weaning, I have periods every 23 to 28 days that last seven days. No pain, except on occasion I have ovarian cysts and also cysts in my cervix.

I was only diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus a few years ago due to pains in my right side. I thought it was appendicitis and still doctors didn’t explain what had been happening to my body. I am only just finding out now through these blogs and things are finally making sense now.

I think am going through menopause as my periods have been really erratic, slowing down, and I’m getting them less and after six months of no periods, now have them again extremely heavy and lasting 12 days so far. I am waiting on blood test results and pelvic ultrasound results.

again, and I even went to a GI and was diagnosed with IBS. After I was on meds, my symptoms seemed to disappear, but sadly returned with a vengeance. I had extreme pain again and went back to my doctor. He finally told me now that I had health insurance which I did not have for awhile, and in that time could do nothing, to go and see an OBGYN.

I went to the same OB who did my surgery because I trusted her, even though I had not seen her in years. After her exam, she mentioned endometriosis. I cringed at the thought, for I knew others with this problem and it can be bad. My doctor said there was no way to tell this other than lapro surgery.

After this surgery, we found that I did have endometriosis, but it wasn’t bad enough for all this pain. Needless to say, my doctor and I were not seeing eye to eye, and I felt as if no one believed a word I was saying. Due to some people taking total advantage of pain meds, the doctor assumed this was my situation as well, not believing for a minute that I was telling the truth.

My pain is bad and has not come to an end. After my cousin went through all the same things, she had an ER doctor do research and to our amazement, having a bicornuate uterus can cause extreme pelvic pain, and none of the doctors I saw ever told me this.

So, I send that ER doctor and WiseGeek.com all my thanks. After years, I feel like I might have an answer. I am in the process of looking for a new OB and when I find one, this is the article I am taking with me, along with all of the surgery photos. That way, there is no miscommunication. Thanks again, Shay