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Retroverted Uterus

Retroverted Uterus

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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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i have a tilted uterus and sometimes i cant poo unless i hold it out tne way otherwise it just seems to get jammed against my coxis is there another solution im 47





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I am 18 and have recently become sexually active. I get extreme discomfort during sex when my partner thrusts more than about 5 inches (his penis is about 8 inches when fully erect) which after some research I think is him hitting my cervix. Since starting my period I have also always struggled with pain when inserting tampons, I always thought that was normal until recently. I'm concerned I may have a retroverted uterus now because of these things, if so do I need to see my GP or not? I'd rather not unless it's absolutely necessary. Thanks.





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hi there, i was told that i have a tilted uterus four years after giving birth to my first child...very fast normal birth. i am experiencing very painful sex,abdominal pains,bloated,back pain and uncontrollable shivering after sex. Does anyone know what can stop the shivering,perhaps move the womb? If anyone can help,if you are a Doctor reading this please advise me Thanks everyone.





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At 35 years old I was told I had to be sterilised because I had been suffering severe pain and bleeding since the age of 20. After years of experimenting with the pill, coil and condoms it was deemed I was allergic to all of the above and therefore the only thing to stop the pain and bleeding was sterilisation. At first many consultants wanted to remove my womb but I convinced them otherwise being I was so young and wanted a family, which I did go on to have a son at 27. The consultants were aware I had a tilted womb but never told me that what I was suffering could be because of the tilt. After reading all of the above I now realise that the pain, the bleeding, the back pain labour, the problems with tampons and back pain during my periods are all because of the tilt. I now feel grieved that I went through sterilisation for nothing and if the consultants investigated further they may have found all the above is because of the tilt. However I have no doubt the pill didn't help because some of the symptoms have eased. All though it has robbed me of having another child which I so desperately wanted and especially now as my partner hasn't got any children. I am hoping my experience will help others investigate their conditions further and not make my mistake because I didn't know any better than what the consultants were telling me. I am now coming up to 40. However, a very personal question, has this tilt prevented anyone else from having organs?





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If you read about mayan massage it tells you what effects a tilted pelvis can have on your body. I suffer from this when I lift anything heavy.This started after child birth I was told your muscles holding the uterus in place becomes weak,having an abortion can also cause this. I recommend seeing an holistic therapist who has knowledge in mayan massage. A tilted uterus can have many side effects you live life thinking it's a normal way of life. When it is massaged in to place you will feel free & your mood & aches & pains will disappear





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I had this condition and saw a female osteopath who placed it back n the normal position through internal manipulation. It was like having surgery without surgery. This has cleared up so many other things for me and left me feeling so much better.

Hi I have a retroverted uterus only just found out from a ultrasound I'm 5 - 6 weeks pregnant been getting bad intense cramps on and off lasting up to 20 mins could this be a cause of it I'm unable to work at the moment as it's causing so much discomfort all I can do is wait for the pain to go away and use a heat pack so confused and worried my cramps won't go away





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I have a retroverted uterus, and I am wondering if that would stop me from using a menstrual cup? I never liked tampons, and since suffering bladder failure and needing to perform clean intermittant self catheterisation, I would prefer to try a cup, but there seems to be little information on the FAQ on cup sites regarding use with a retroverted uterus...





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On the packaging it says that they aren't suitable for women with a retroverted uterus. However I did try it and found it almost impossible to remove the device. And because of that it became rather messy.

I have a retroverted uterus and have been using a moon cup for the last three years with absolutely no problems. I would never go back to towels and tampons now. Obviously it doesn't work for everyone but if you think it might be helpful it is probably worth a try as they aren't too expensive now. I really hope it works for you.

I have a tilited womb and have 3 children and have never struggled to concive , I do however suffer from heavy periods and clots and lower back pain





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Im 25 years old I have a 5 year old daughter. Me and my husband hve been trying for another baby for 4 years. I have a tilted back cervic, a prolapsed bladder (which occured due to birth of child) I also have irregular periods some extremely heavy and alot of clotting some bigger than a 50p. Any advice would be appreciated





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Hi love I had same problem .after scan they found that I have two large fibroids which cause heavy bleeding and big clothes and for that raison I didn't get pregnant

I have a very tilted uterus and have had the only issue I have had as a result is that toward the end of my first trimester being pregnant with my second and fourth children, I had a very difficult time urinating due to the angle of pressure on the bladder. With the fourth it was so bad that I had to go to the ER and get cathaterized. This is a rare symptom, but it does happen. My doctor told me that after about the fifteeenth week the baby is big enough to cause the uterus to move to a more normal position.





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