A usually harmless condition in which the uterus is tilted backwards
- Having had children is a risk factor
- Age and genetics are not significant factors
The uterus is normally inclined upwards and forwards. However, in about 1 in 10 women the uterus is tilted backwards, lying close to the rectum. This condition is known as a retroverted uterus and is a harmless variation of the normal position. There is often no cause for a retroverted uterus, although the condition may occur after childbirth or because an ovarian cyst pushes the uterus backwards. A retroverted uterus could also be the result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis in which the uterus becomes adhered to the back part of the pelvis.
A retroverted uterus usually causes no symptoms and you may be unaware that you have the condition. It does not affect fertility, pregnancy, or childbirth.
What might be done?
Your doctor may be able to feel that the uterus is retroverted while carrying out a pelvic examination. If an underlying disorder is thought to be causing the condition, laparoscopy may be performed to view the pelvis and abdominal cavity. If there is an underlying cause, such as a cyst, this may be treated, allowing the uterus to return to its normal position.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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