A tipped uterus, which is also commonly referred to as a tilted uterus or retroflexed uterus, can be a very uncomfortable problem for women. It occurs when the uterus is positioned slightly backwards, towards the back of the pelvis instead of the bladder. Here are some of the things that women should know about the causes, signs, and other important information related to a tipped uterus.
Signs of a Tipped Uterus
Many women who have a tilted uterus have difficulty wearing tampons, and find both menstruation and sexual intercourse painful. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and incontinence are two other symptoms associated with this problem. According to the American Pregnancy Association, some women who have a titled uterus experience fertility problems.
Tilted Uterus Symptoms
There are a number of potential causes of a tipped uterus. Giving birth can cause the uterus to shift positions. Some women experience the condition because their uterus does not adjust the way it should when their body matures. There also instances in which scar tissue causes by endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causes a tipped uterus. Scar tissue blocks the fallopian tubes, which is why women who have a tilted uterus for this reason are the ones who experience fertility problems.
Diagnosing a Tipped Uterus
Generally, a tilted uterus is diagnosed during a pelvic examination by a gynecologist. Many women find out during a pelvic exam that they have a tipped uterus before they even experience symptoms. It is also possible for a diagnosis to occur through an ultrasound, but this is often unnecessary.
Tilted Uterus Treatment Options
Unless women are experiencing extreme discomfort from a tipped uterus, it is uncommon for them to opt for treatment. That said, there are surgical procedures which can be done to treat the problem. A uterine suspension or UPLIFT surgery, which is used to reposition the uterus, will generally ease the symptoms and pain that the woman experiences due to this problem. A uterine suspension will usually provide long-term result. New and improved surgical technology for this surgery also minimizes the risk of postoperative effects or complications.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a tipped uterus occurs in about 20 percent of all women. The number may actually be higher, as some women may not know that their uterus is in a backward position. While a tilted uterus can be a very uncomfortable problem to deal with, it is rarely serious. Women who experience a lot of pain during menstruation or sexual intercourse may choose to have surgery to reposition the uterus.
American Pregnancy Association, “Tipped Uterus: Tilted Uterus.”
University of Maryland Medical Center, “Retroversion of the uterus.”