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Retroverted Uterus

Retroverted Uterus

A retroverted uterus, also known as a tipped or tilted womb, occurs when the uterus tilts backwards towards the spine. The uterus is normally positioned in a straight up and down position or tips slightly forward, however it is estimated that up to 20% of women have a backwards-tilting uterus. Sometimes the uterus can also be retroflexed, which means it bends back on itself as well as tilting towards the spine.

A retroverted uterus is not usually considered to be a serious medical condition, although it may be an indicator of an underlying condition. Some women are born with their womb tilted backwards, but it may also be caused by pregnancy, which enlarges the uterus, or by scar tissue following a condition such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Reaching the menopause can also cause the uterus to change position, as the ligaments holding it in place become weaker. In rare cases, retroversion of the uterus may cause some discomfort, for example during sex or when using tampons. However, there are generally no symptoms. The position of the uterus is normally revealed through a pelvic examination.

Inserting a pessary into the vagina is a possible option to relieve discomfort, although it is generally a temporary measure. Underlying conditions (such as endometriosis, a tumor or an STI) can be attended to as necessary. Although some women whose uteruses are tilted report difficulties in conceiving, fertility itself is not affected by the situation.

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Hi ladies this is such a common problem. There are so many side effects from this. If you go to a site called mamma and babylove it will give you more information about this and how you can put it back in place without having surgery. We need to get more knowledge about it out there. I have suffered a lot from this and most Dr's can't diagnose thus kind of stuff. Hope this helps alot of you.





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Tilted uterus, 33 hours labor, pushed for one hour, used the forceps and everything. Had to have a C-section. I almost hate sex.





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Hi my name is Emma and i was diagnosed with a tilted cervex when i had my implant put into my arm almost a year ago, and It's made me really worried about having sex I've never had sex before and I just wanted to know if there would be any complications for me during sex, cause I'm scared enough about losing my virginity. I'd really appreciate someone telling me the truth about if my tilted cervex will cause me more pain during sex? thank you.





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Nope, I haven't really felt that things were too painful.

Hi, am 24 and just discovered that I have retoverted uterus. Usually had normal menstruation just acute pain when having sex and a litle discomfort on the left side of my stomach. Not married yet. Hope it won't affect me duing child birth. Already on drugs and injections cos the doctor said it might be as a result of pelvic inflamatory disease.





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Hi, I sometimes would have pain during sex, usually if I wasn't aroused enough. I had three kids, all vaginally, no problems. My uterus was tilted backwards, during pregnancy it would correct itself and then sometime after the birth it would tilt backward again.

Hi i am 27 just found out i have a tilted uturus(tilted backwards).at first they told me my uturus wall was a bit thicker than normal,gyno said its not a big deal,also have extremely painfull and irregular periods,back pain with pain going down my leg.also painfull intercourse!does any one have these symtoms?should i be concerned?





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I was 27 when they told me I have tilted uterus and may not have kids?! I already had one baby by then ( that ObGyn did not know that) and I got my second even I did not plan for the baby at all. My both pregnancies were normal, normal deliveries ( natural), less then 2 hours. I am 51 now and never had any problems because my uterus is tilted. But sometimes I also had heavy periods with pain. however many of my friends had as well and I do not believe all of them have tilted uterus. Don't worry.

You might have endemetriosis, I have all the same symptoms as you and that's what I have, you need a laparoscopy to get diagnosed once his has happened they will treat you, pain will get worse if not diagnosed and not treated, it took them over a year for diagnosis for me and I lost my job and was in so much pain but I'm ok now had operations and I'm on the mend, u need to see your gp who refers you to gynocology at hospital and they put me on the list straight away and was diagnosed, once I got past my gp I was ok and treatment was forth coming I didn't take no for an answer as was so ill and it was what I thought it was

Hi there.My name is Aurelia and im 34 years old. At the start of this year I stop taking my birth control pills with the ideea of getting pregnand as me and my husband decided this. Since i left the pills I have the same simptoms as you . Have normal periods but since i drop my pills the period pains are strong.Had donne a laparoscopie 3 weeks ago and the doctor told me that found endoetriosis and that my uterus is tilted backwards and that it's thicker that normal. Same when have sex its really unconfortable and painful. Have pains on my back but the worse it's the pain that goes on my leg from the right pelvic area towards down my leg. Practiclly since january this pains on my leg its killing me,can't exercise anymore,can't lift heavy stuff cause after that the pain is even stronger. Have an appointment on 31 of july with the doctor that did my laparoscopie and can't wait to start a treatment or something else to cure me hopefully.

I have a tilted womb and my cervix is very low, also I have pain during sex and bleed afterwards, its getting me down now and im losing confidence, is there anything I can do to make things better?





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Hi all I'm 44,got severe endometriosis,when diagnosed was told I shouldn't have had any children or any more at that point(had 3 children by then) since had 2 more children = 5! I also have a rear tilted womb. All births were natural & 4 were without pain relief. I suffer with back pain but was told it was Spondylilotis (wear & tear) approximately 15 yrs ago. Had no trouble getting pregnant either. Last child was born 4 yrs ago at home. Seeing a GP soon as back pain is worsening daily. Will ask if related to tilted womb & let you know asap. Be strong & stay positive about births girls.





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Hi I'm pregnant in 29 weeks. I've been told by gynecologist in my country I've got retroverted Uterus does someone had same problem like mine? Does someone know do i have to give birth C-section or vaginal? Thank you





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Ive only just found out that I've had a retroverted uterus since birth. I have a 7 and 5 year old and both births were fine and natural :) You'll be fine xxx

I have it too. Two kids, both born vaginal, no problem at all. Don't worry you wil be fine

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I'm 23 and I only found out I had a 'tilted' uterus when I was pregnant at age 21, I had smear tests before and no one said anything as I suffered really bad with back aches and pains and also painful periods so that's why I had a smear, so was surprised to find out my uterus was retro flexed. I've gotten pregnant but I wasn't trying so can't say how or long etc. My symptoms are constant sore back and pain especially during period and sex has become unpleasant unless it's military position then it doesn't hurt. I had to have a c section as my son was back to back, I think the shape of my uterus caused this be interesting to see if anyone else needed a c section because of a retro flexed uterus.





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Hi, found out today during first smear test that I have a retroverted uterus. Took the poor doctor a wee while to find my cervix, and was only able to after I was instructed to ball up my fists and place under my bum to lift my hips up. Guess I'm a bit worried as I'd never heard much about it until I got home and researched! I do have some abdominal pain in certain positions and have never had regular periods- could this be a symptom of it?





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