Uterine septum: a guideline

Samantha Pfeifer, Samantha Butts, Daniel Dumesic, Clarisa Gracia, Michael Vernon, Gregory Fossum, Andrew La Barbera, Jennifer Mersereau, Randall Odem, Alan Penzias, Margareta Pisarska, Robert Rebar, Richard Reindollar, Mitchell Rosen, Jay Sandlow, Eric Widra

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Abstract

The purpose of this guideline is to review the literature regarding septate uterus and determine optimal indications and methods of treatment for it. Septate uterus has been associated with an increase in the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and malpresentation; however, there is insufficient evidence that a uterine septum is associated with infertility. Several studies indicate that treating a uterine septum is associated with an improvement in live-birth rates in women with a history of prior pregnancy loss, recurrent pregnancy loss, or infertility. In a patient without infertility or prior pregnancy loss, it may be reasonable to consider septum incision following counseling regarding potential risks and benefits of the procedure. Many techniques are available to surgically treat a uterine septum, but there is insufficient evidence to recommend one specific method over another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-540
Number of pages11
JournalFertility and sterility
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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