But in rare cases, the tubes remain separate and become two uteri.
It’s entirely possible for women with a double uterus to carry a baby to term.
However, the condition does come with an increased risk of miscarriage or premature labor.
You may also hear a double uterus referred to as uterus didelphys.
How common is uterus didelphys?
Most people wouldn’t know what uterus didelphys means, even though the condition is estimated to affect one in every 3,000 people women, and can have a significant impact on their lives. Simply put, uterus didelphys means being born with two uteruses, two cervixes, and in some cases, two vaginas too.
How common is a double uterus?
About one in 25,000 women with uterus didelphys gets pregnant with twins, one to each uterus. [That means the likelihood of any given woman growing two babies in two separate wombs is about one in 50 million.]
Is uterus didelphys hereditary?
Doctors aren’t certain why some fetuses develop a double uterus and others don’t. A genetic component may be a factor because this rare condition sometimes runs in families.
What is uterine Didelphys?
Uterus didelphys (sometimes also uterus didelphis) represents a uterine malformation where the uterus is present as a paired organ when the embryogenetic fusion of the Müllerian ducts fails to occur. As a result, there is a double uterus with two separate cervices, and possibly a double vagina as well.