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Q&A: What are the normal measurements of the uterus and ovaries?

Q: What are the normal measurements of the uterus and ovaries?

A: The normal uterus is about 7 centimeters long, and 4 centimeters wide and thick, all give or take a couple of centimeters. Generally, it’s a little more so after having had children. Fibroids can make these measurements very large, however, and adenomyosis, which tends to make the uterus “boggy,” will increase it slightly. In describing the uterine size, doctors use a pregnancy scale. In other words, your uterus, if enlarged to 12 centimeters, may be described as being “10 weeks size,” meaning that it’s the size it would be if you were pregnant 10 weeks.

The ovaries are usually about 2 to 3 centimeters by 2 to 3 centimeters. Of course, you can add whatever dimensions an enlarged follicle or cyst will add to the mix.

After menopause, the uterus won’t generally decrease in size, but the ovaries may end up being nothing more than wisps of tissue. In fact, any ovary that can be felt on an exam after the menopause should warrant an ultrasound.

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