Retroverted Uterus
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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.

Clinical features

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

Retro​verted 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’.


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Dr Tom Leach MBChB DCH EMCert(ACEM) FRACGP currently works as a GP and an Emergency Department CMO in Australia. He is also a Clinical Associate Lecturer at the Australian National University, and is studying for a Masters of Sports Medicine at the University of Queensland. After graduating from his medical degree at the University of Manchester in 2011, Tom completed his Foundation Training at Bolton Royal Hospital, before moving to Australia in 2013. He started almostadoctor whilst a third year medical student in 2009. Read full bio

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