Retroverted uterus and pregnancy: no problem!

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Retroverted uterus

For a long time, the retroverted uterus it was considered a "problem", with respect to which it was necessary to intervene, even surgically. For several years, however, we have known that this is not the case at all: it is a normal anatomical variant that generally does not involve any problems for the woman, and certainly does not interfere with conception and pregnancy. Let's clear up all doubts on the subject with the help of gynecologist Rossana .





In this article

  • what is that
  • because you have a retroverted uterus
  • symptoms
  • retroverted uterus and conception
  • retroverted uterus and pregnancy
  • retroverted uterus after childbirth

What is

It is a rather frequent anatomical variant of the position of the uterus.



The uterus has one feature inverted pear shape. The bottom of the uterus (i.e. the largest part of the 'pear') in most cases faces the anterior area of ​​the pelvic cavity, i.e. towards the bladder: in this case we speak of utero anteroverso.

In 1 out of 4 or 5 women, however, it may happen that it is instead facing towards the back, i.e. towards the rectum: here we are talking about retroverted uterus.

Why do you have a retroverted uterus?

In the vast majority of cases this condition is congenital, i.e. present from birth, and probably due to one anatomical variation in the position of the ligaments that support the uterus, which in some women are found in the posterior area instead of in the anterior one. A hereditary component may also be involved, as the retroverted uterus is often found in multiple women from the same family. 



Sometimes, however, the uterus becomes retroverted like consequence of other conditions, such as the presence of a fibroid or particular adhesions in the pelvic area.

How do you know you have a retroverted uterus? Are there any symptoms?

Typically, the retroverted uterus does not show any signs of itself. At best, some women may experience more back pain during menstruation than tummy pain, and others may feel some pain during intercourse in particular positions.

Usually, however, women only become aware of this condition during a gynecological examination.

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The retroverted uterus and conception: can it interfere?

Absolutely not. Having a retroverted uterus does not create obstacles to fertility and does not cause problems during pregnancy, if obviously there are no other conditions that could be an impediment.

Can the retroverted uterus cause problems in pregnancy?

No, it's not a problem. Typically, around 14-15 weeks of pregnancy, the uterus moves forward on its own, becoming anteroverted, and remains so until the end of gestation.


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And after giving birth?

About a month after birth, when it regains its normal size, the uterus returns retroverted, simply because the ligaments bring it back to its original place.

Other sources for this article: in-depth study on the Medline Plus site, of the US National Library of Medicine.

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