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Anteverted uterus: what is it?

As a reminder, the uterus is the female genital organ in which fertilisation of an egg takes place and can develop into an embryo, then a foetus and thus a child. The uterus is described as an inverted pear. It has many blood vessels, a uterine lining, called the endometrium.

As Dr Amélie Cariou, an obstetrician-gynaecologist, explained to Le Journal des Femmes, "the uterus is normally anteverted, i.e. the angle of version is situated in front of the axis formed between the navel and the coccyx (i.e. the horizontal plane). The specialist points out that an anteverted uterus is not a disease: "It is not a disease, but the most common anatomical variation. The axis of the cervix forms an open angle with the axis of the body of the uterus. In short, it is simply an anatomical variation.

What are the symptoms?

The good news is that having an anteverted uterus is not a handicap in everyday life and, in most cases, is an asymptomatic condition, so there are no symptoms. However, in the most extreme cases, it can cause urinary difficulties. In other cases, the anteverted uterus can cause heavy and more painful periods and sometimes even pain during sexual relations.

Are there any risks to fertility?

No. According to Dr Amélie Cariou, there is no risk to pregnancy: "On the other hand, there are no consequences for pregnancy and fertility," said the specialist.


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