A didelphic uterus is a “double” uterus.
It is a type of congenital uterine malformation in which two uteri and sometimes two cervices form.
Some women with the condition also have two vaginas.
In some women, this condition can increase the chance of miscarriage, but this condition is very rare.
What does it mean if you have two uteruses?
A double uterus is a rare abnormality that develops when a baby girl is in her mother’s womb. As they begin to develop, they usually fuse together to form one uterus. But in rare cases, the tubes remain separate and become two uteri. Sometimes there is only one cervix for both wombs, other times each womb has a cervix.
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.]
How do you know if you have a double uterus?
Some women with a double uterus also have a duplicate or divided vagina. Possible signs and symptoms may include: Unusual pressure or cramping pain before or during a menstrual period. Abnormal bleeding during a period, such as blood flow despite the use of a tampon.
Is uterus didelphys rare?
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.