Tilted uterus

Dear Alice,

My professor in my health class made it an assignment to come visit this web-site and I have enjoyed it! I was wondering if you can give me more information on a tilted uterus? Recently when I went for my yearly, my doctor told me I had a tilted uterus and that it might cause me discomfort. Is this something you are born with or something that happens through sexual intercourse? Will I have any future problems from having a tilted uterus?

Thank you,

Dear Unsure,

A woman is born with her uterus in a certain position. A uterus can be tilted forward (a.k.a. anteverted uterus) toward the bladder, or backward (a.k.a. retroverted uterus) toward the rectum. Anteverted uteruses are more common, accounting for about 2/3 of all tilted uteruses in women. A retroverted uterus is a normal variation, similar to being left-handed instead of right-handed. Sexual intercourse cannot shift the position of a woman's uterus. Pregnancy, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), fibroids, surgery, and aging, however, can change the angle of the uterus.

Some women who have a retroverted uterus can feel discomfort during sexual intercourse or vaginal penetration at times, because of pressure on the rectum and ligaments of the tailbone. For these women, they may find that some sexual positions and/or degree of thrusting are more comfortable than others. If penetration is persistently painful and/or a woman's periods are causing severe pain, she needs to see a gynecologist or women's health care nurse practitioner. Endometriosis and PID can be associated with a retroverted uterus.

Some people worry that having a retroverted uterus could cause problems with fertility. Fortunately, infertility is not connected with retroversion of the uterus. If endometriosis or PID is associated with a woman's uterus being retroverted, however, successful conception could be more difficult. These conditions cause scar tissue to develop, hindering the egg and sperm from meeting for fertilization to occur.

No one knows what the future will bring in terms of your own uterine tilt. You and your health care provider can remain aware of your uniqueness and can monitor or watch for any changes or impact it may have.

Last updated May 11, 2015
Originally published Dec 20, 2002

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