What is an enlarged uterus?

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What is an enlarged uterus?
Does your uterus seem bigger than usual? (stomach image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Not many of us spend much time thinking about the size of our uterus. However, a uterus that is abnormally large, or an enlarged uterus, is more than just a misshapen organ.

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Difference between a Regular and Enlarged Uterus

A regular uterus is about the size of an apple or clenched fist. An enlarged uterus is distended, and often compared tothe size a uterus might be at later stages of pregnancy.


An enlarged uterus is most noticeable when it causes mild, stabbing pains. However, as it becomes more distended, you may notice a swelling of the abdomen, similar to a pregnancy bump.


An enlarged uterus maybe caused by a variety of issues. The most common causes of an enlarged uterus are uterine fibroids, uterine cancer and, rarely, menopause.


An enlarged uterus usually has very little effect outside of its symptoms. However, it can negatively impact fertility.


Treatment for an enlarged uterus is dependent upon the cause. Common treatments, especially in the case of uterine fibroids, are medication, myomectomy and hysterectomy.

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