A Useful Guide to Retroverted Uterus


Many people are aware of the fact that women and those with female anatomy are more likely to get affected by certain various diseases than men or those with male anatomy are. This is mainly because of the typical hormonal and genital structure of females. There are many health issues, that can affect female anatomy only, especially those that are related to reproduction, such as fibroids, uterine cancer, cervical polyps and more.

The position of uterus varies from person to person. Although small variations are natural and harmless, proper care and consideration 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. An affordable health clinic can offer diagnosis and treatment for this condition.

What is Retroverted Uterus?

Typically, the uterus is naturally positioned in such a way that it fits between the region of the pelvis, with the top portion slightly tilted towards the bladder in a forward direction. The fundus of the uterus is usually located across from the opening of the uterus or, cervix, at the top of the organ itself. 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 studies report 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.

Causes of a Retroverted Uterus

In most cases, women with this condition are born with a retroverted uterus. Nevertheless, it can also be an after effect of chronic conditions such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. In such cases, these adhesions may pull out the uterus out of its natural shape which can lead 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. If the pelvic exam does not yield clear results, an ultrasound can reveal a more clear picture.

Effects of Uterus Retroversion

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. Unfortunately, this often obstructs the ovaries and leads to ovulation problems, which leads to problems getting pregnant.

Another after-effect of retroverted uterus is incarcerated uterus. This means that the uterus is stuck within the pelvic region itself during the second trimester of pregnancy, instead of rectifying to its proper position. This is a painful condition and often results in miscarriage.

For more information, search for a women’s clinic near you to find an affordable healthcare provider.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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