The position of your uterus has probably never crossed your mind, unless you are one of the millions of women who are trying to get pregnant and failing month after month. For some, healthy blood and lymph flow to the uterus, uterus, ovaries, bladder, and even bowel can be impaired and nerve impulses disrupted as a result of a misaligned uterus. Yet for many others the condition of having a tilted uterus is not in itself problematic. It can however be a symptom of another pelvic issue, or just an obstacle to conception. “Retroversion of the uterus occurs when a woman’s uterus (womb) tilts backward rather than forward. It is commonly called a “tipped uterus.” ~ U.S. National Librbary of Medicine MedlinePlus. Doctors may also use the terms retroversion of the uterus, retroverted uterus, wandering womb or malposition to describe this condition which affects about 1 in 5 women.
A tilted uterus can be caused by fertility health conditions, which in themselves, can be barriers to fertility. Some of these are pelvic inflammatory disease, infection in uterus or fallopian tubes, endometriosis or even pelvic surgery. The condition also seems to occur more frequently in women who are older or who have had children already. This makes it a possibility for women who are experiencing secondary unexplained infertility, which is the inability to conceive again after having children already.
Whatever the underlying cause, a tilted uterus might be one of the factors that is keeping you from getting pregnant. Some of the symptoms would be:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Minor incontinence
- Fertility issues
In some rare cases, doctors can perform surgery to return the uterus to its normal position, but this is not done very often because the condition can reverse itself or it may not cause problems for the person who has it.
Your doctor can diagnose you with a tilted uterus during a pelvic exam and may follow up with an ultrasound imaging session to make sure that you actually have the condition and not something different. The two-step approach to diagnosis may be necessary if you have uterine fibroids. Fibroids can mimic the feel of a tilted uterus during manual examination in your health care provider’s office. Once you know what you are dealing with, it will be easier to get started with a course of natural treatment that can help you overcome the fertility barrier that a tilted uterus can create.
Solutions for Tilted Uterus
A tilted uterus can be a physical barrier to pregnancy and may or may not be accompanied by other problems that may ultimately keeping you from getting pregnant. There are natural therapies that you can do to improve your fertility and increase your chances of achieving pregnancy and becoming a parent. The best solutions for this particular condition because of its nature are Self Fertility MassageTM and Yoga.
Self Fertility Massage
One solution for a tilted uterus is Self Fertility MassageTM. Self Fertility MassageTM combines a variety of massage techniques focusing on the lower pelvic region and uterus, helping to remove blockages in the area so that your body is more balanced and working better. One of these techniques is Maya Abdominal Massage. “…a prolapsed or tipped uterus can be corrected by Maya abdominal massage. This external, noninvasive massage strengthens the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus and ovaries,” according to Dr. Rosita Arvigo, founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy in her book Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your Soul. A tilted uterus may be compressed by impacted intestines, which can cut off important circulation to the uterus. The targeted massage techniques in Self Fertility MassageTM help restore the uterus to health.
If the cause of your tilted uterus has been endometriosis, massage is invaluable for breaking up endometrial tissue and for ridding the body of residual menstrual clots and blood that may have been unable to be flushed away during regular cycles. With regular practice of Self Fertility MassageTM techniques, your reproductive system will be in better balance and your cycles and ovulation will improve.
Some other body therapies to consider if they are available near you are:
- Mayan Abdominal Massage
- Pelvic floor physical therapy
You might be wondering what yoga has to do with your uterus, because you may have only considered its health benefits in relaxation and increased flexibility. But yoga has been used to treat conditions of the body for centuries and a fertility-focused yoga practice might be just what you need to unlock your own fertility.
Specific moves and poses work together to unblock the reproductive areas of your body, get your hormones in balance, and increase blood flow to the uterus. All of these together can help your body repair itself.
The relaxing effects of fertility yoga are also important to the process of restoring natural fertility. Couples who are struggling with infertility are under constant stress and it can be especially tough on your partner who is dealing with both his or her own disappointment and yours. Yoga practice is something that couples can engage in together and enjoy the benefits that will naturally flow from the practice.
While modern medicine continues to look for chemical and surgical cures for every type of fertility issue, there are natural non-invasive options for all the problems that fertility causes for women and their partners who are going through the journey with them. In addition to the above suggestions you may also want to improve the health of your uterus and whole body in preparation for conception. We are glad you are exploring natural therapies and learning to work with your bodies amazing healing abilities.
- Retroversion of the uterus (n.d.). U.S. National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001506.htm
- Tipped Uterus: Tilted Uterus. (March 8, 2017). Retrieved from: http://americanpregnancy.org/womens-health/tipped-uterus/
- Arvigo, R. and Epstein, N. (January 9, 2001). Rainforest Home Remedies: The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your Soul. HarperOne; 1 edition