Having a retroverted uterus may sound incredibly scary but in reality it’s quite a normal phenomenon—in fact, one in four people with uteruses actually suffer from a tilted uterus.
What is a tilted uterus?
According to BetterHealth, having a retroverted uterus means that your uterus is leaning backwardsand the fundus—the top part of the uterus—aims towards the rectum. Usually, the fundus is supposed to face towards the belly.
In most cases, a tilted uterus will not cause any problems and can go undetected for a lifetime because there are no abnormal signs. And when there are symptoms, it’s usually dismissed as painful period cramps. However, menstrual expert Heli Kurjanen has shared signs that could tell you if your uterus is lopsided with Express.co.uk.
Vaginal pain during sexual intercourse
Those who have been suffering from vaginal or lower back pain while having sexmight actually have a tilted uterus which could be caused by other serious conditions like endometriosis. Heli explained:
If you are experiencing symptoms such as painful sex, the first action taken by your doctor may include a range of tests to find out if other conditions are causing your retroverted uterus, such as endometriosis or fibroids.
While a retroverted uterus is usually quite unassuming, it can cause additional symptoms if you have an associated disorder such as endometriosis.
Heli also says that experiencing painful sex, ‘especially when you are on top’ and having severe menstrual cramps could be other indicators.
Additional symptoms include:
- Difficulty inserting tampons
- Frequent urination
- Urinary tract infections
- Protrusion in the lower abdomen
- Loss of bladder control
Getting your retroverted uterus diagnosed requires a pelvic examination, but oftentimes Pap tests can also reveal the condition.
It’s important to note that in most cases, a tipped uterus will not cause problems with pregnancy as the uterus will expand throughout the months and naturally assume the forward-tipped position.