|Artery: Uterine artery|
|Arteries of the female reproductive tract: uterine artery, ovarian artery and vaginal arteries. (Uterine artery labeled at center.)|
|Vessels of the uterus and its appendages, rear view. (Uterine artery labeled at center right.)|
|Gray's||subject #155 615|
|Supplies||round ligament of the uterus, ovary, uterus, vagina, uterine tube|
|Source||internal iliac artery (i.e. hypogastric artery)|
The uterine artery usually arises from the anterior division of the internal iliac artery. It travels to the uterus, crossing the ureter anteriorly, reaching the uterus by traveling in the cardinal ligament.
The uterine artery is the major blood supply to the uterus and enlarges significantly during pregnancy.
Branches and organs supplied
- round ligament of the uterus
- ovary ("Ovarian branches")
- uterus (arcuate vessels)
- vagina ("Vaginal branches" - azygos arteries of the vagina)
- uterine tube ("Tubal branch")
- SUNY Labs 43:13-0204 - "The Female Pelvis: Branches of Internal Iliac Artery"
- Uterine+artery at eMedicine Dictionary
- pelvis at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (uterus)
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