Wait... so it doesn't look like an upside-down pear?
From the front, the uterus does look like an upside-down pear. But that can be a misleading view,
making it appear that the uterine cavity is a roomy bowl. The side view shows the narrow space
exists between the two interior walls of the uterus. That narrow space is a flat,
So from the side view, you can see how any growths in the cavity or in the muscle walls of the
uterus would cause problems. Not just for the uterus. But for the surrounding organs, spine and
(Hello, back and leg pain.)
Remember, the non-pregnant uterus isn’t like a balloon, it’s a muscle. Only when pregnant–when
are helping–do the uterus muscle fibers soften.
Then the uterus is able to grow up to 20 times its size, create a whole new organ (the placenta)
and nurture one or more human beings until
There is still so much to learn about this remarkable organ.
But in the last few years there has
been progress on the research front. For instance, a 2018 Mayo Clinic study on the long-term
effects of hysterectomies shows:
women who had a partial hysterectomy*
increased the risk for
women under the age of 35 who had a partial hysterectomy:
increased the risk of congestive heart failure1 by
increased the risk for coronary artery disease1 by
*A partial hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, leaving the cervix and ovaries in place.
There are cases where the only option for a woman is to undergo a hysterectomy. But the data
shows that 68% of all hysterectomies are performed for benign (unnecessary) reasons, the
most common being
We’re at a pivotal time in understanding the uterus. And it’s clear that uterus-sparing
technologies are essential. There is simply too much that is unknown about removing the
a crucial organ in a woman’s body. There are options that do not require major surgery or
loss of your uterus. Take the time to explore them and make the best choice for you.