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Fertility issues? Problematic periods? Could it be a fixable uterus tilt…?

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Uterus tilts are surprisingly common but many women don’t realise they have one or that it could be causing symptoms they are experiencing. About 90% of women I treat have a uterus tilt (also known as retroverted uterus) and most of them are unaware of it. Luckily this is something that abdominal-sacral massage can fix.

“How could I have gotten a uterus tilt?”

Your uterus works best in the upright position so some ligaments hold it up there. These clever little ligaments are quite elastic so that if a woman is pregnant her uterus can expand and return to its natural position after birth easily and painlessly. But this can also cause a problem – the stretchy nature of the ligaments means that your uterus can come out of alignment.

If you’ve ever fallen over, had an STD,  lifted heavy objects or exercised excessively (especially during a period), had a c-section, had lower abdomen muscles tensions or big bowel blockages there could have been a knock on effect on the uterus causing it to shift position. There’s not a whole lot of space in your lower abdomen, which is good as this encourages organs to stay in their proper place, but this does mean that with any shift the uterus becomes unaligned and often gets stuck in the wrong place.

“Why would it matter if I have a uterus tilt if loads of people have them?”

There’s not much awareness about the effects a tilted uterus can have on your body and many people believe that there are none. Sadly this idea will not actually keep you from experiencing the symptoms that even a slight uterus tilt can cause. These include painful, dark, thick, brown, light, heavy or irregular periods.

If your period is giving you grief your body is trying to tell you something is up. We women are very lucky (although we don’t always feel like it) as we get a free health check on our reproductive system once a month. A problematic period is the first sign that there could be a problem here – please don’t ignore it or be angry with it – you don’t have to live with it – you can fix it!

There are other side effects too such as trouble conceiving, miscarriages, painful intercourse, frequent/sudden urgent need to urinate, constipation, bloating/water retention/pressure in lower pelvis with your period. As you can see from these symptoms a tilted uterus can cause problems and unfortunately they can get worse without treatment, but luckily help is available.

“Sounds like I might have a uterus tilt but what can I do about it?”

Firstly don’t panic! While this could be the cause of some symptoms you’ve been having there is a quick and painless treatment. Abdominal-Sacral massage can return your uterus to its natural position safely and easily. This can usually be done in a single session if the tilt is not too severe and so far has never taken more than 2 sessions in my experience.

In the first abdominal-sacral massage treatment there’s a consultation so I can get a full understanding of your symptoms and then in the uterus part of the massage I can check and see what position your uterus is in. If it is out of alignment I do a special massage that works on the ligaments above your uterus to help gently pull it back into place. That’s it! It doesn’t take long but could well save you a lifetime of annoying symptoms.

Please share this information with other women you might know. Don’t suffer in silence with difficult periods or struggle to conceive when there could be a safe way to improve things. The more women that are aware these are not things you simply have to live with the better.  A healthier, happier body could be just around the corner…

– Jo Medhurst

I am currently offering 3 treatments for just £120 (saving £55) so why not book an appointment today? Email me at jo-medhurst@live.co.uk or call 07973 186288.

Jo offers Abdominal-Sacral Massage, EFT and Reiki here at The Wellbeing Centre. She is a herbal tea aficionado and is currently studying Herbalism.

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Claire Bushell - 18 June 2013

Jo Medhurst, I was wondering about endometriosis and uterus tilts? Apparently endometriosis can cause tilted uteruses (uteri?) and also problematic periods and fertility issues (I’ve been doing a bit of googling on the subject). So what happens if you fix the uterus tilt but there is still an issue of underlying endometriosis?

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    Jo Medhurst - 18 June 2013

    With endometriosis and uterus tilts it’s a chicken and egg situation as they can cause each other but both make the other worse. Treating uterus tilt, massaging the area and other support techniques I teach would help alleviate endometriosis as well. You’re right that endometriosis can cause those problems but the standard treatment I do would still help the underlying endometriosis issue and help it to heal. I keep working with people until their symptoms have cleared up (or are well on their way) so this would be until the endometriosis has improved too. Hope that’s useful info for you 🙂 x

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    Claire Bushell - 20 June 2013

    Thanks, Jo. Good to know 🙂 x

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Natural Fertility Help with Abdominal-Sacral Massage | The Wellbeing Centre - 8 April 2014

[…] position (generally this is the case for about 85% of women I’ve noticed – see my blog on uterus tilts for more information). The massage relieves muscle tension and helps to break down scar tissue […]

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sammy - 21 June 2015

Hi jo what about if you have scar adhesions and a retroverted uterus?

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Jo Medhurst - 21 June 2015

Even with scarring you can still improve the position. Massaging helps to get rid of scar tissue as well. Working on the area helps to break it up and return the cells to their original position so scars can be drastically reduced in size and with enough work practically disappear. This makes realignment easier. If the scarring is inside the womb or around the Fallopian tubes then this takes longer due to the position. With something like ashermans syndrome for example (where there’s so much scarring inside the womb the walls of it stick together) it can take a while to break down enough scar tissue to see an improvement but it’s still possible. Basically with scar tissue you can still always improve the position of a retroverted uterus often completely realigning but how long it takes depends on how much scar tissue there is and how deep it is. Hope this is helpful. Jo

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sammy - 21 August 2015

Hi jo can it help with complex hyperplasia without atypia and a paraovarian cyst? I have retroverted uterus also been trying for baby no.2 no success.

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    Jo Medhurst - 21 August 2015

    Hi Sammy. It depends where your hyperplasia is. If the increased number of cells has led to enlargement that is physically forcing the uterus down it may not be possible to realign completely. How large the cyst is would affect this for the same reason. However it is likely the position could be improved. Massage would help the cyst too. Please email me if you want to chat about it in a bit more detail. My email is jo-medhurst@live.co.uk.

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