ovaries,

anonymous asked:

I had some scans taken for reasons totally unrelated to my reproductive system, but when I was looking over my copy I saw a note that I have a uterine septum. Does this have any affect on my periods/fertility/anything else, or is it just a piece of tissue?

Oooh how fun!!  Let’s talk about uterus shapes.  This is the “normal” shape to a uterus:

Sometimes, there’s a thin piece of tissue that goes straight down the middle, like this:

That’s a septum.  Sometimes the whole uterus is separated into two sides:

That’s called a bicornate uterus.

There’s also a uni-cornate uterus (I’m sure you can guess, just the one side):

And then didelphys is two entirely separate uteruses:

There are a bunch of other cool shapes and variations - and they’re super fun to learn about.

However, they all have different affects on the owner’s fertility, so I can’t quite say how it’ll affect you without knowing more.  It is true that some variations of a uterine septum can cause an increase in miscarriage, so it would be a good idea to check in with your midwife/doctor when deciding to become pregnant so that you can discuss whether it would be a good idea to have it removed or not.

Find more information here and here.

Angelina Jolie explains why she had her ovaries removed in powerful op-ed 

Education from personal experience comes at a tremendous personal risk. For Angelina Jolie, talking about her cancer scare and choosing to have her ovaries removed — much less writing about the choice in an op-ed for the New York Times — comes with the weight of being one of the most powerful, influential celebrities in the world.

Yet Jolie’s influence is exactly why choosing to talk about her surgery is so important: It is using that celebrity to educate others and effect great change. We need more like her.