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Retroversion of the uterus occurs when a woman's uterus (womb) tilts backward rather than forward. It is commonly called a "tipped uterus."
Uterus retroversion; Malposition of the uterus; Tipped uterus; Tilted uterus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Retroversion of the uterus is common. It is the normal uterine position in about 20% of all women.
Weakening pelvic ligaments associated with menopause may cause this condition in women who previously did not have a retroverted uterus.
Enlargement of the uterus, either as the result of a pregnancy or a tumor , may also lead to retroversion.
Scar tissue in the pelvis (pelvic adhesions) can also hold the uterus in a retroverted position. Such scarring may result from:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
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