Most women have an anteverted uterus, while some may have a retroverted or commonly called a “tipped uterus” (the uterus is tipped backwards).
Hearing these two names for the first time may make you take a step back, but there is no reason to be worried.
Whether you are trying to get pregnant or you recently found out how your uterus is positioned, understanding more about the varying positions of the uterus can help to set your mind at ease.
What is an Anteverted Uterus?
An anteverted uterus is a uterus that is tilted forward towards the bladder while a retroverted uterus points backwards towards the rectum, according to zocdoc.(1)
Many people who aren’t familiar with the word anteverted uterus associate the name with something bad.
Some questions that people ask when they hear the words “anteverted uterus” may be:
• Can I get pregnant with an anteverted uterus?
• Will it affect the health of the baby?
• How does it happen?
• Will it change the appearance of my pregnant belly?
• Am I at risk because of an anteverted uterus?
• Does it affect my menstruation cycle and cause pain?
Following are answers to questions that you may have about an anteverted uterus:
Does An Anteverted Uterus Affect Fertility?
While hearing the word tilted uterus may cause questions in some people’s minds, it is nothing to be worried about and doesn’t effect fertility.
A anteverted uterus is simply the way that a uterus develops and its position.
Some women who are trying to get pregnant may think that laying on their stomach after intercourse will help them to conceive, but the position of an anteverted uterus has little to nothing to do with fertility.
If you find that you are having a difficult time conceiving, you should visit your doctor to determine other causes of infertility.
Is It Painful?
Although a retroverted uterus may cause pain during intercourse or during menstruation, according to the Better Health Channel, an anteverted uterus is quite common in women and doesn’t cause any issues.(4)
If sex is painful with an anteverted uterus, it may be the cause of another condition that has nothing to do with the position of the uterus.
How Does An Uterus Become Tilted?
An anteverted uterus is an anatomic development. Just as there is a vertical uterus and a retroverted uterus, there is the anteverted uterus.
While a retroverted uterus should be checked to ensure that its not a result of endometriosis or another underlying condition, there is no need to get checked if you have an anteverted uterus.
Your uterus may move from a mid-posed position to an anteverted position after pregnancy or with age and the weakening of muscles.
How Common Is An Anteverted Uterus?
An anteverted uterus is one of the most common positions of the uterus.
In 2004 study of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford School of Medicine, results showed that around 74 percent of women have an anteverted uterus, while 26 percent have a retroverted uterus.(5)
If you discover that you have an anteverted uterus, know that you are among the highest percentage of women with this type of uterus.
Does An Anteverted Uterus Affect Pregnancy?
In some rare cases, if the uterus is tilted very far forward, it may cause some discomfort for the woman when emptying the bladder, but otherwise it is nothing to be concerned about.
For women with a retroverted uterus, they may experience more back pain than a women with anteverted uterus.(4)
Most problems associated with uterus position during pregnancy would be due to an extremely retroverted uterus.
The anteverted uterus is a normal position for pregnancy and a woman who hears the words “anteverted uterus” during a regular check-up should not be concerned.
Women can get pregnant and carry their babies without any issues with an anteverted uterus.
Can An Anteverted Uterus Change Position?
A woman’s uterus may change position after pregnancy due to weight gain and extra pressure on her organs during pregnancy, but it doesn’t affect her health or chances of getting pregnant again.
If an anteverted uterus changes position to a retroverted position, this may be the result of health conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Sometimes an accident or trauma can cause a re-positioning of the uterus.
A woman may experience a re-positioning of her uterus post-pregnancy.
Does An Anteverted Uterus Effect the Way a Woman Shows During Pregnancy?
An anteverted uterus may show sooner than a retroverted uterus.
The baby bump may start to show as soon as before the 12th week mark on a woman whose uterus is tilted forward.
In contrast, a retroverted uterus may not show for up to the first four months due to its backwards positioning.
Does An Anteverted Uterus Affect Menstruation?
Unlike the retroverted uterus, an anteverted uterus will not cause any abnormal pain during menstruation.
An anteverted uterus is a very common position for the uterus and women who have an anteverted uterus live without pain associated with the position of their uterus.
If a woman suffers from excruciating pain during her period, she should visit her OBY/GN to find out the cause.
What Does It Mean When I See The Words on A Physical Exam?
You may be concerned if you happen to see the words “anteverted uterus” on paper after a check-up and have never heard them before.
While a doctor may include the information in the results of an exam, it means nothing more than a description of how your uterus is positioned.
In Conclusion-An Anteverted Uterus Is Nothing To Worry About
While it is important to understand the anatomy of your own body and it doesn’t hurt to discover which type of uterus you have, an anteverted uterus is one of the most common positions of the uterus and will have little to no effect on your life or on your ability to get pregnant.
Comparatively speaking, the position of the uterus is as natural as the length of one’s nose or height.
While a retroverted uterus does require more attention than an anteverted uterus, the position of the uterus is a natural development and should be treated as such.
Things to Remember:
» An anteverted uterus that is very tilted forward may affect your bladder during pregnancy.
» Pain associated with your uterus may be due to a medical condition that moves your uterus’s position backwards. A visit with your gynecologist can determine if you need treatment.
» An anteverted uterus is not an abnormality, but simply an anatomic development.
» The position of your uterus can change over the years due to aging, pregnancy, or accidents.
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