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Normal Uterus Size

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 What is the size of a normal uterus?What is the size of a normal uterus?

The size of a woman’s uterus is dependent on a number of factors, including age, prior pregnancies, and various gynecologic conditions. Throughout a woman’s life, the size and shape of her uterus can also change, and it is normal for the uterus to change sizes during the menstrual cycle.

The uterus, or womb, resembles an upside down pear and is smallest before puberty. Depending on several factors, after puberty the average uterus can range between 5-12 cm long and 4-6 cm wide. The average uterus weighs about 50-80 grams. If you have never been pregnant and do not have any gynecologic conditions that affect the size of the uterus size, your uterus is probably on the smaller end or the size of your fist. If you have had one or more full-term pregnancies, your uterus is likely bigger.

There are several different parts of the uterus, and conditions which affect the various areas can cause the uterus to become enlarged. The most common gynecologic conditions which affect the size of the uterus are menstrual cycle, pregnancy, adenomyosis, and fibroids. Adneomyosis and fibroids can cause the uterus to become and stay enlarged, creating uncomfortable symptoms. Less common reasons for an enlarged uterus pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS), hormonal factors, and gynecologic cancer

Because there are so many factors that affect the size and shape of the uterus, whether or not the size of your uterus is considered normal or problematic will depend on your particular circumstances. Even if your uterus is considered large, whether or not you should seek treatment and which treatment is right for you will depend on your symptoms, diagnosis, and circumstances. Seeking a second opinion can help you determine what is right for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-15-2015 - 08:04 PM


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