Retroverted Uterus names
Uterus retroversion; Malposition of the uterus; Tipped uterus
Retroverted Uterus Definition
Retroversion of the uterus is a normal variation of female pelvic anatomy in which the body of the uterus is tipped toward the back rather than forward.
Retroverted Uterus Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Retroversion of the uterus is common and is found to be the normal uterine position in about 20% of all women. Laxness of the supporting pelvic ligaments associated with menopause may cause retroversion in women who previously did not have a retroverted uterus.
Enlargement of the uterus, either as the result of a pregnancy or a tumor, may also change the relative position of the uterus within the pelvis. Pelvic adhesions (scar tissue that forms in the pelvis) resulting from salpingitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or endometriosis have also been associated with holding the uterus in a retroflexed position.
Retroverted Uterus Symptoms
Retroverted Uterus Signs and tests
A pelvic examination reveals the position of the uterus. However, a tipped uterus can sometimes be mistaken for a pelvic mass or an enlarging fibroid. A rectovaginal exam may be used to distinguish between a mass and a retroverted uterus.
An ultrasound examination can be used to determine the exact position of the uterus, if necessary.
Retroverted Uterus Treatment
Treatment is usually not necessary. Any underlying disorders (such as endometriosis or adhesions) may be treated as needed
Usually this condition does not cause problems.
Retroverted Uterus Complications
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you develop persistent pelvic pain or discomfort.
Retroverted Uterus Prevention
Retroverted Uterus Illustrations
Female Reproductive Anatomy
External structures of the female reproductive anatomy include the labium minora and majora, the vagina and the clitoris. Internal structures include the uterus, ovaries and cervix.
The uterus is a hollow muscular organ located in the female pelvis between the bladder and rectum. The ovaries produce the eggs that travel through the fallopian tubes. Once the egg has left the ovary it can be fertilized and implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The main function of the uterus is to nourish the developing fetus prior to birth.
[Article from the MedLine Plus Medical Encyclopedia of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.]
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