What is the Original Position of the Uterus?
The uterus is a freely suspending organ in the pelvic bowl, that is held up by four ligaments that hold the uterus in place. The ideal uterus position for a childbearing woman is anterverted, forming a right angle with vagina if the bladder and the rectum empty.
There are many other variations of position of the uterus such as retroverted uterus etc. Since the position of your uterus does not affect your fertility directly, if you have not gone for an ultrasound, your doctor may not even mention the position to you.
In this section we are not talking about the naturally occurring position of the uterus, but when the uterus moves “out of position” from your naturally positioned uterus whatever they may be.
Is My Womb Out-of-Position?
How To Know If My Uterus is Misaligned, Displaced or Prolapsed?
Most women don’t realise that they may have suffered from a displaced or misaligned uterus. Some cases can be very severe, where the misalignments or displacement may cause conditions such as a prolapsed uterus, and others are quite mild.
If you look at the signs and symptoms below, you may notice that you may have experienced this at some point of time in your life, or you may still suffering from them but unaware of the possibility that your uterus may be out-of-position.
Signs & Symptoms
- Dark brownish or dark red menstrual blood
- Painful periods and/or during ovulation
- Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation
- Miscarriages and difficult pregnancies
- Endometriosis /endometritis
- Infertility issues
- PMS depression with menstruation
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids or polyps
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Bladder yeast infection
- Displaced or prolapsed uterus or bladder
- Leaking or frequent urination (incontinence)
- Bladder infection
- Sexual concerns, like loosened vagina, or discomfort with a feeling of a small mass falling out of your vagina
- Varicose veins
- Tired, weak legs
- Numb legs and feet
- Repeated pregnancy
- Poor care during pregnancy, delivery and postnatal period
- Weak core pelvic muscles, or poor strengthening and conditioning of lower back muscles
- Vigorous exercise
- Compression by fecal impacted intestines
- Lack of circulation or scar tissues
- Past pelvic surgeries
- Carrying heavy burdens immediately pre or during menstruation, or too soon after childbirth
- Injury to sacrum
- Chronic constipation
- Poor alignment of pelvis
- Carrying young children on the hip for a long time
- Emotional armoring
- Straining during bowel movement
- Prolonged and improper use of tight corsets
- Standing or sitting for very long hours
- Sudden loss of massive weight, especially pelvic fats, which help hold up the uterus