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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 am the 27 year old who wrote in (many times). I had a retroverted-retro flexed uterus, filled with fluid. It caused difficulty with bowel movements, Urinary incontinence, Lower back pain, Sickness with orgasm, Excruciating pain with penetrative sex. And abdominal pain. I had my uterine suspension surgery 3 weeks ago and I am soooo happy to say that: My bowel movements are super easy! My bladder is under control! My lower back pain is GONE! I am not feeling nauseous,weak or shaky after my orgasms (mind you I'm still not "penetrating" with anything as its too soon) And as far as abdominal pain goes I'll be back to update everyone because I am still tender and on on light duties from the surgery. I have been dealing with such horrible pains and loss of work due to this condition, since I was 16 years old and it progressed as the years went on. Doctors kept saying a tilted uterus has no side effects and is normal.. I saw no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no hope for an answer. I had given up, became depressed and prayed for death (the only form of relief left) often. I kept doing research and there isn't much out there, as I'm sure you've all noticed hence, why we are all here. I argued with my doctors asked for second opinions, begged for procedures such as a hysterectomy before I came across the suspension option. I cried to doctors and finally saw one who was reluctant but agreed to do it because I was so distraught about my conditions. Thank God! I am still in recovery but it was so worth it! Only 3 weeks out and the relief I'm experiencing already is just AMAZING! The surgery itself takes about an hour, Mesh is used to tie up your uterus, Yes it is possible for your uterus to fall again but if you get into shape and stay in shape and strengthen your core it is less likely. I have 5 incisions You wake up to the most intense pain EVER! You will regret requesting the surgery in that moment lol The first week is brutal The second week is tolerable The third week much easier! You do NOT want to cough or sneeze, because your uterus is now tied up to your abdomen & when you cough, the jerk of your stomach will rug hard on your uterus and your uterus will yank on your cervics and it will feel like a broom handle went straight through you. I'm 3 weeks out and I can cough comfortably while sitting (in straight up and down position .. Not leaning) and while standing. It's still quite painful to cough of sneeze while laying on my back. Also after surgery there are many moments that feel like you are having a Charlie horse deep inside your vagina down to the opening along the back side. Your pain meds will help the first week or so but once you're off pain killers it will still happen off and on, the BEST thing ever I've found is to place a heating pad between your legs, it relaxes the spamming muscles quickly! (Your cervics and vag. Are not use to the pull of the new position , it needs to relax and stretch to its new position this feeling will lessen over time) I have hemorrhoids as well and when my uterus was repositioned it changed the angle of my vagina which tugs on other areas or external skin thereby tugging kind of on my...well anus...and caused a flare up and quite a bit of sensitivity. But it will go down after 3rd week. I was initially on percosettes, I had to switch to morphine because the percocettes were killing my stomach. I hope this is helpful and answers all questions. I'll be glad to answer any questions I can. Wish you all the best! God Bless





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very good to know that their are more than just me suffering. I cannot have sex with my husband to be as it is excruciating. We would like to start a family, but not being able to have sex does not help. My consultant at the hospital says that he does not perform the operation anymore, so now what do I do? Is there any other way that you know of. Thanks

I am the 27 year old who wrote in earlier regarding my retroverted & retroflexed, fluid filled uterus, fallen left ovary and PCOS... 1 week ago I finally had a surgery to lift my uterus (uterine suspension) with mesh. I am not going to lie, when I woke up I had severe pain, cramping and very obvious spasms in my uterus and vagina. I had 2 doses of fentinol in the first hour of waking, the following hour I was given 2 percocettes and a shot of gravol...this did not effect my level of pain...mind you I have 5 different incisions, it was supposed to only be 2 or 3.. It has been exactly 7 days now, I am still experiencing quite a bit of pain and discomfort however, I am okay to walk around some. I am still taking full doses of percosette, Advil and stool softener. I would like to be able to say that my lower back pain feels as though it's completely gone...but that may just be due to all the medication I am taking.. My appetite has been significantly reduced which may be due to the percocette as well. I am not to do any lifting bending or twisting for 2.5 weeks, my follow up with my doctor is in 5 weeks. I'll be going to a clinic tomorrow to have my incisions looked at and make sure every thing is healing well. In all my research online I couldn't find much information about tilted, folded uteruses or of women having the procedure itself so I am going to try and update on here as much as I can to help provide more information for the next woman who may need it. It took me 11 years to find a doctor who would help me and do the surgery in hopes it might help with my chronic/severe pelvic and back pain... And here's to hoping I might be able to join my husband in the bedroom again after over a year of not being able to be intimate with him due to SEVERE pain. I'll keep you posted!





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Im 32 and I am trying to fall pregnant but I have never had menstruation since I was born. I went to see the doctor and also done sonar they told me that my uterus is 3cm small and it also twisted to the left hand side. I am worried if I will ever fall pregnant. Please help





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I am 27 years old, I've never had children, I don't think I can however. My uterus is both retroverted & retro flexed, which means it lies backwards on my colon as well as has folded half of itself beneath itself....my left ovary has also fallen backwards and beneath my uterus. Since the age of 16 I've struggled with pelvic pain (which is pretty constant throughout each day) the pain often spikes, leaving me breathless, on my knees, sweating, light headed, crying and exhausted. I am frequently constipated (though I don't think constipation is so much the issue as my BM's basically get stuck above my uterus in my colon, making it impossible for a full void) also, BM's and passing of gas are extremely painful....honestly feels like my insides are being ripped apart. My uterus is also FULL of fluid that cannot drain as its trapped from the severe tilt & fold...adding weight and pressure on both my ovary and colon (the pressure on my colon causes pain in my lower back as well. I've also been diagnosed with poly cystic ovarian syndrome..basically my eggs calcify and turn into rupturing cysts on both of my ovaries (this diagnosis is common with tilted uteruses). I wonder if that is the case because of backed up/stagnant fluid creating a certain level of toxicity causing my eggs to react in such a way.. As my pelvic pain has progressed over the years I've felt ripping and pulling and pinching and tugging... Most recently I've felt immense pressure and as if there's a string tugging my uterus and surrounding organs down and out through my vagina..causing me to drop to the floor and everything goes black for a moment. I've also experienced issues with my bladder, from frequent infections to frequent urges to urinate (whether or not I have to go) running to the bathroom 4x an hour is no stranger to me...if I go for a full void at 12:00, I'm running back at 12:10 with such an urge that I might have an accident but nothing comes out. Then at 12:30 I'll run back again with only a trickle..the next urge is 5 minutes later but I'll try and hold it until 12:45 but guess what...I've leaked, have to change my underwear, go to the bathroom, have nothing happen and pee again at 1pm...any time I leave the house I need to wear a pad .. Just incase.. I also have issues with laughing and coughing , sometimes it's a small leak and other times (when I felt empty) I have a full on accident, change my clothes, the sheets and do some laundry...I wonder if without my uterus being forward If it's possible that other organs from above could be putting pressure on my bladder for lack of support.. My periods we never regular..last year in fact before my Dr put me into a medical induced menopause I had my period all month long every month with a 2 day break every 8 weeks, they were always severely painful, and heavy (I wear both tampons and pads and they would need to be chanhed every 30 minutes and sometimes I'd still over flow). I'd also have moments where I'd go to sit up or stand and everything would go black. Sex is EXCRUCIATING no matter the position or how gentle my husband is..as soon as he enters me, I'm screaming and throwing him off..needless to say we haven't had sex in over a year..we tried 4 months ago...same results..I miss him and that closeness we shared... Forget tampons any more as the last few times I used one I couldn't get it all the way in and it constantly felt like it was being pushed back out.. Also...I can have orgasms from external stimulation, but afterward I have severe cramping and spasms of my uterus that cause me to be feverish, weak, throw up and over all sick any more. I'm not sure I've covered all my symptoms and reasons I feel them like...types of clothing affect me as well as sleeping on my stomach or left side, any pressure on stomach or left side causes cramping and pains and sweating.. But! I've spoken with a gyno who will perform a uterin uplift procedure (as well as check for endometriosis and remove it) and HOPEFULLY most of my problems will be fixed if not all.. I am also going to ask him to lift my ovary and tie my tubes so I cannot get pregnant, so my uterus will not fall back again under the weight of a growing baby...(I could use some prayers if any of you are feeling so generous) I've been out of work for over a year now cuz physical activity and lifting (even a laundry hamper) causes crazy pain...I would LOVE to be able to go back to work and show my husband some love again..





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Oh love, it sounds like you are really going through it. I have experienced this alienation from sexual experience too due to genital psoriasis which was not only painful but affected the rest of my life too due to my lack of confidence. When you're womanly bits aren't right it's hard to even begin to feel sexy! I may have endometriosis caused by 2 C-sections and now my uterus and cervix are tilted backwards. I didn't realise that the pain I felt before and after a BM could be due to my retroverted cervix. I have recently had much success using natural progesterone cream (after ovulation until each Menses, for last 6months). Also I am on a strict diet & have been for past 9yrs, which I believe has lessened my pain & IBS symptoms. I would recommend you see an acupuncturist. I go regularly and I can so notice the difference. My periods are light and short now with no or little pain (I used to bleed heavily for 10days). I am feeling 'normal,'finally enjoying my husband. I wish you empowerment on your journey and I will send you reiki healing to help you on your way. Get well soon. Ellie x

Hi. I had this despite many exams, I had a dye exam about 15 years ago (had been trying for a baby by 6 years then) The cap wasn't fitted properly and eventually it over sucked my womb, , blew the dye in too fast and I can only described the sensation of being raped by a knife. Eventually i was diagnosed with a very badly tilted womb . We did conceive only to have lost mid term. Then we had another baby with help. We now have 3 boys , but now I am heading towards my 40s my periods are sowly getting better as in shorter but i feel like im in early labour. My stomach is massive ( i also have diastasis recti) When I have a smear test I have to put a block under my bottom for them to reach and its not possible to insert a tampon or iud either. I am wondering weather the 6 month pregnant look is part of the tilted womb and recti issues . I have gained a lot of weight in that area but the rest is small.





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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 had a retroverted uterus and had the exact same issue. I had a uterine suspension 1 week ago I'm still constipated from the anesthesia however, it did not feel as though my bm's were getting stuck like they used to (honestly most glorious tough poop I've had in a long time lol) All the best to u! (There are also pessaries and rings you can insert into your vagina to hold up your uterus however these aren't cures you'd have to always have one in.)

I'm 3 weeks into recovery from my uterine suspension (I had a retroverted-retroflexed uterus) And I can say that my bowel movements are soooo easy now! I don't struggle, it doesn't get stuck, I don't have to reach inside and move things around. It is MAGNIFICENT! Also I feel no more dull lower back pain it's amazing! I'm still tender, have to know my limits and am on light duties but I feel GREAT and think the surgery is worth it!

I had my uterine suspension, I'm 3 weeks into recovery and my bowel movements are so easy now I no longer have to reach inside and move things or struggle through it just to walk away without fully voiding. My lower back pain is gone as well. Well worth the surgery!

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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Sorry hit the wrong button.. However this operation is really painful to wake up from I'm only a week into recovery and still hurting. Now I've never had children but opted to have my tubes tied right away as well otherwise should I conceive the weight of the baby in my womb would cause my uterus to tear and fall again. Just a heads up..

I was the one who hit the wrong button..apparently my first post didn't go through... If sex is too painful for you DO go see a Dr, it will only continue to get way worse from here...trust me! My husband and I haven't had sex in 1.5 yrs due to the pain I was experiencing. My uterus had fallen backward (retroverted/tilted) I recently found and awesome Dr to do. A uterine suspension on me. Had it done 7 days ago I am still recovering it is quite painful. There isn't much information for women regarding this issue however I found 1 testimony and 1 article of statistics it says the procedure has a 90% success rate regarding sexual pains..here's to hoping! I opted to have my tubes tied right away because should I be ok to have sex and get pregnant the weight of the baby in my womb will rip it all back down again. I have a follow up appointment late January 2016 I'll come back to update everyone about my recovery. Wish u all the best!

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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Hello, I am sorry to hear you are dealing with that. I am 27, never had children but my uterus had fallen backwards. Sex was so painful I haven't had sex or even tried to in 1.5yrs. I did A LOT of research but only found one testimony and one article with statistics regarding uterine suspension. Took me 11 years to find a doctor who would listen to me and do the surgery on me but 7 days ago I had my uterus suspended via mesh. It is a very painful procedure I will be back to update however what I found in research is that moving the uterus into a forward position had a 90% success rate in curing painful sex. Here's to hoping! I opted to have my tubes tied right away (even though I have no children of my own) because should I get pregnant now the weight of the baby will cause the uterus to tear and fall again... I'll be back in 6 weeks with an update after my follow up appointment with my doctor. Wish u all the best.

Hello, I had a tilted uterus and sex was impossible, and IF I was able to reach the big O by other means I would become ill, nauseous and weak and shaky. It would last for hours afterward. I had a uterine suspension 3 weeks ago, I've not had sex yet (waiting for my 6 week follow up on January 21, 2015.)..but I have had the big O and ZERO signs of feel ill!!! Along with back pain relief My bowel movements are so smooth I almost look forward to them lol. I'm still tender though so I can't exactly tell you how my abdominal pain is doing. But I will be back!

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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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 heard that getting on your knees in the fetal position will help your uterus to fall forward (temporarily of course) to take the pressure off and lessen the pain. Worth a try. I had a retroverted uterus (never had any children though) 1 week ago I had my uterus suspended and my tubes tied to prevent it from falling again. All the best luck to u!





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