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The most important organ of the female reproductive system is the uterus. This is the very organ that holds the baby when a woman is pregnant. This organ also helps regulate the menstrual cycles that, in turn, implies normal functioning of the body. But what if you get to know that your uterus is anteverted?
Read on to find everything you need to know about this uterus positioning.
What is Anteverted Uterus?
Generally, there are two uterus abnormal positions. One is retroverted, i.e. the uterus is tilted backward, and the other is anteverted, i.e. the uterus is tilted forward. Talking specifically about anteverted uterus, a tilted forward uterus implies that the uterus gets dislocated towards the bladder. This is a commonly occurring issue in women, making them think that they would have complexities in their menstrual cycles and pregnancy. But is that so?
Not really. If you have a retroverted uterus that is more of an issue. But, if you have an anteverted uterus, you might not even know about it.
Causes of Anteverted Uterus
Causes of an anteverted uterus are many. To start with, it could simply be a birth defect. This may just be the shape and the positioning of how your uterus is formed. Another reason could be bearing a child – your uterus may have gotten dislocated towards the abdomen or its shape may have been modified post-childbirth, making it tilt forward. Research also points out that women who undergo Caesarean delivery, are more susceptible to developing an anteverted uterus.
However, there is also a rare situation where scars due to a surgery you had in the past may lead to such tilting, or it could be also because of endometriosis. This is a condition where the tissues are layering the inside of the uterus, develops on the outside.
Symptoms of Anteverted Uterus
Generally speaking, there are no such symptoms of an anteverted uterus that you would experience. Most of the times you would not even know that you have a forwards tilted uterus. But in some rare cases, where the condition is severe, the following symptoms may be experienced:
- Abdominal pain during menstrual cycles
- Constant back pain during menstruation
- Constipation prior to or during menstruation
- Foul smelling menstruations
- Ovarian pain experienced during ovulation
Can You Get Pregnant with Anteverted Uterus?
Earlier it was believed a woman with an anteverted uterus could not get pregnant. Recent advancements suggest otherwise. The tilting of the uterus is nowhere related to a woman’s fertility. This is because the passage the lucky sperm covers through the uterus and the further process of fertilization has no connection with the orientation of the uterus.
However, in extremely severe cases wherein tilt is beyond a certain limit, a pregnant woman may experience discomfort and pain while emptying her bladder.
Also, it is recommended to visit a gynaecologist in case a soon-to-be mother experiences severe back pain or irritations in the abdominal region.
An interesting fact that may catch your attention here is that: when a woman with an anteverted uterus gets pregnant, her baby bump becomes visible sooner than expected. That could be before she completes her 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
How is Anteverted Uterus Diagnosed?
An anteverted uterus can be diagnosed using the following two methods:
- Pelvic Exam: This method is used by experienced doctors in which they touch and feel the uterus, the pelvic region, the ovaries and the abdomen, to get an idea whether the uterus is tilted or not. Based on the doctor’s intuition, he may further ask you to go for an ultrasound.
- Ultrasound: This is a technological invention that involves using sound waves to create sonogram images of the abdomen on the screen. This way the doctor analyses the created images to know whether the uterus is tilted or not.
Impact of Anteverted Uterus on Pregnancy
It is known that the forward tilt of the uterus neither affects your ability to get pregnant nor does having an anteverted uterus during pregnancy create any problems in delivery (though it has been found that some natural processes that ought to occur inside the uterus get affected). Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult your gynaecologist even if you experience no complexities.
Also, there are certain rare cases where a pregnant woman may develop anteverted uterus pregnancy problems such as uterine fibroids, uterus polyps, ovarian cysts or even fibroid tumours. And, this is the very reason that expert consultation is required when in the initial stages of pregnancy.
Treatment Options for Anteverted Uterus
An anteverted uterus is not a serious problem that one needs to worry about. There are no treatment options available for an anteverted uterus, nor is any treatment required. This is a uterus orientation that a woman should survive with, normally and painlessly.
Although the need for treatment is not a concern, you could do the following in order to ensure a good and healthy living but only after consulting your doctor:
- Relaxing the Pelvis: Lie flat on a mat with back on the floor and arms by your side. Slowly and gradually take a deep breath and along with that lift your hips to about an inch above the floor. Maintain this position for about 5 seconds and then exhale slowly while coming back to your original comfortable position. Repeat this exercise for about 5 more times.
- Knee-Chest Folding: Lie flat on a mat with your back on the floor and knees bent. Slowly lift one of your knees and bring it close to the chest with the help of both your hands. Maintain this position for about 10-15 seconds and release your foot back to its bent position. Repeat the same process with the other knee.
- Massage: This is another effective way that helps maintain a healthy uterus and regular menstrual cycles. Also, it helps in ensuring a smooth fertility process as it boosts blood circulation through the uterus and helps support the uterus muscles.
This was some useful information about anteverted uterus that a woman must know before making any perceptions about this uterus orientation. Adding on further, in case of any doubt or confusion consulting a gynaecologist would be helpful as your doctor can recommend you the best advice for your betterment.
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