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Retroverted uterus

AGE  Not significant factorsGENDER  
LIFESTYLE  Having had children is a risk factorGENETICS  Not significant factors

A retroverted uterus is usually a harmless condition in which the uterus is tilted backwards.

Retroverted uterus
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The uterus is normally inclined upwards and forwards. However, in about 1 in 5 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. This condition could also be the result of pelvic inflammatory disease, in which the uterus becomes inflamed and scarred, usually due to an infection.

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.

Posted 09.09.2010

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