Female infertility accounts for roughly one-third of all fertility treatment visits each year. Dr. Janelle Dorsett meets with her patients and offers compassionate and state-of-the-art care, focusing on wellness as well as the desire to have a child. Thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other effective male and female infertility treatments, our Lubbock, TX fertility specialists have helped countless people start healthy, happy families.
The team at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine sometimes received questions about having a tilted uterus and whether or not that impacts female fertility. Let’s take a moment to consider this condition and whether or not it really has an effect on your ability to become pregnant.
What Is a Tilted Uterus?
In most women, their uterus tips forward toward the bladder and cervix. In some women, however, the uterus tips backward toward the spine. This variation in uterus position is known as a tilted uterus.
A tilted uterus is also referred to as a tipped uterus, retroverted uterus, or retroflexed uterus.
How Common Is Having a Tilted Uterus?
A tilted uterus is not uncommon. Between 20 percent and 25 percent of women have a tipped uterus.
Causes of a Tilted Uterus?
Some of the most common causes of a tilted uterus includes:
- Uterus not shifting position during adolescence/maturation
- Previous childbirth altering uterus position
- Scar tissue or adhesions from other health conditions
Can a Tilted Uterus Result in Difficulty Conceiving?
Generally, no. In the past, fertility specialists thought that this would pose problems, but modern science and research has shown little impact on pregnancy and live birth.
While the majority of women have forward-titled uteruses, women with tipped uteruses usually do not face significant problems getting pregnant. Sperm can still pass through the uterus properly en route to the fallopian tubes and an awaiting egg. The fertilized egg will similarly not have problems implanting in the uterus whether it is tilted or not.
Tilted Uterus and Other Adverse Health Conditions
With the above in mind, a tilted uterus that is the result of scar tissue and adhesions could be the sign of another medical condition that negatively affects fertility. Endometriosis, for example, is a condition in which the lining that develops and is shed during menstruation forms on the outside of the uterus. Since the tissue does not leave the body, it can lead to scar tissue and adhesions on a woman’s reproductive organs that negatively impact fertility.
Other medical conditions that lead to a tilted uterus can similarly have a negative impact on female fertility. Women should be mindful of recurring abdominal pain or pain during intercourse. These may be signs of an underlying problem that requires treatment.
How Our Fertility Specialists Can Help
If you have a titled uterus and have experienced pain or problems with your fertility, our team can help. During the consultation process, we can go over your medical history, run tests, and go over potential options for treatment. We will always work at addressing underlying health problems while also focusing on your current fertility needs.
Contact an Experienced Fertility Specialist
For more information about fertility treatment options and how we can help you start the family you have always wanted, be sure to contact an experienced fertility specialist. The team at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (806) 788-1212.