People are aware of the fact that women are more likely to get affected by various diseases than men are. This is mainly because of their hormonal and genital structure. There are many health issues, that affect women only, especially those that are related to reproduction, such as fibroids, uterine cancer, etc.
The position of uterus varies from person to person. Although small variations are natural and harmless, proper care must be taken if these variations make you uncomfortable and keep you from becoming pregnant. One of the main conditions that you must not overlook is that of a retroverted uterus, especially when you are planning to have a child.
What is Retroverted Uterus?
Naturally, the uterus is positioned in such a way that it fits between the region of the pelvis, and the top portion will be slightly tilted towards the bladder in a forward direction. This condition is known as the anteverted uterus. Retroversion is the condition in which the uterus is mis-positioned. In such cases, the position of the uterus, as well as the fundus, will be tilted towards the spine in the backward direction.
Recent reports say that almost 25% of women in the United States alone face this health disorder. However, it is harmless in most of the cases, especially when there is no pain or other related symptoms.
In most cases, women are born with a retroverted uterus. Nevertheless, it can also be an after effect of fatal conditions such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. In such cases, these adhesions may pull out the uterus out of its natural shape as well that leads to retroversion.
The Symptoms and Diagnosis
A retroverted uterus is diagnosed based on the symptoms the patients encounter. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Heavy menstrual cramps
- Reduced blood flow
- Lower back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary tract infection
- Painful bowel movements
Once the symptoms are recognized, doctors usually a routine pelvic exam or an ultrasound in order to rule out all other disorders that share these symptoms.
Retroverted uterus mainly affects the capability of a woman to conceive. This is caused by the adhesions that pull the uterus out-of-shape in the backward direction as they obstruct the ovaries and lead to ovulation problems.
Another after-effect of retroverted uterus is incarcerated uterus, in which the uterus is stuck within the pelvic region itself during the second trimester of pregnancy, instead of rectifying its position. This is a painful condition and often results in miscarriage.