Retroversion of the uterus occurs when a woman’s uterus (womb) tilts backward rather than forward. It is commonly called a “tipped uterus.”
Uterus retroversion; Malposition of the uterus; Tipped uterus; Tilted uterus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Retroversion of the uterus is common. It is the normal uterine position in about 20% of all women.
Weakening pelvic ligaments associated with
Enlargement of the uterus, either as the result of a pregnancy or a
Scar tissue in the pelvis (pelvic adhesions) can also hold the uterus in a retroverted position. Such scarring may result from:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Retroversion of the uterus almost never causes any symptoms.
Rarely, it may cause pain or discomfort.
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
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.
Atypical positioning of the uterus may be caused by endometriosis, salpingitis, or pressure from a growing tumor. These conditions should be ruled out in a patient with pain or other symptoms.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you develop persistent pelvic pain or discomfort.
There is no known prevention. However, early treatment of