Some women have a womb (uterus) that differs from the usual pear shape. This is called an abnormality of the womb, or a uterine abnormality. This is quite common and affects around one in every eighteen women.
Research suggests that around one in every thirteen women with fertility issues has a uterine abnormality.
Will I be able to get pregnant if I have an abnormal womb?
Yes, getting pregnant is still a possibility, as not all uterine abnormalities affect your fertility. However this will depend on the type of abnormality you have. Some may make it more difficult for you to conceive and others could mean a higher risk of pregnancy complications.
You may have a weaker cervix if you have an abnormality of the womb. This means your cervix may not be strong enough to hold your baby inside your womb. If your cervix opens too early, this could cause a miscarriage or a premature birth.
If it is confirmed that you have a uterine abnormality then your doctor and midwife will closely monitor your pregnancy to make sure that you and your baby are safe.
How will I know if my womb is abnormal?
You may not be aware that you have an abnormal womb until you experience difficulties conceiving. Alternatively it could be diagnosed at your first ultrasound scan once you are already pregnant.
If you are having fertility problems or recurrent miscarriages, you should seek medical advice. Your GP can refer you to a gynaecology specialist who will be able to perform a full fertility diagnosis.
There are a number of procedures that can help your specialist examine your womb and fallopian tubes. These could include an ultrasound scan, a dye test, a MRI scan or a minor operation called a laparoscopy.
At Concept fertility we have state of the art 3D and 4D ultrasound facilities to assess issues related to fertility, gynaecology and pregnancy. We believe that good ultrasound forms the basis for a successful fertility diagnosis.
Our medical team have a wide range of skills and wealth of experience to offer you the very best treatment available, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.