The normal position of the uterus is anteverted. In this position, the uterus is concave on the side of the bladder, and bends round to sit just above and behind the bladder.
In a retroverted uterus
, the uterus instead bends ‘backwards’ so that the concave side is posterior. About 20-30% of women have a retroverted uterus.
The vast majority are asymptomatic, but some may result in:
- Pain – can be during sex, and may be associated with increased menstrual pain. Pain often felt in the lower back
Retroverted uterus during pregnancy
A retroverted uterus does not affect fertility. It will usually become anteverted during the 10-12th
weeks of pregnancy
. If it does not, it may be termed ‘persistent’