Pregnancy / Childbirth

What does uterine hyperextension mean?


During the standard gynecological ultrasound examination on the description we can read about uterine flexion. And the question immediately arises, whether is uterine flexion the norm or pathology? Fortunately, it turns out to be the first.

The uterus is not "simple"

The uterus looks like a pearbut inverted. Its upper part is wider, the lower part is narrower. The uterus lies in the vicinity of other organs - the bladder is in the front and the rectum in the back. Because of this, the uterus bends: forward towards the bladder and then it is forebent or backward towards the rectum and then it is backward.

What is uterine hyperextension?

An uterus flexion is a cervical flexion that is directed forward. Most often occurs with anteropillism, when the uterus tilts slightly forward towards the navel. This term is used to describe the structure and positioning of the uterus.

In most women, the uterus is forebend and it is considered the norm, physiology. Therefore, this fact does not require treatment. It is also not a cause for concern.

We are born with an underbending or backward bending of the uterus.

And what is uterine flexion?

Rear bending of the uterus was considered a pathology for many years, nowadays it is more and more often referred to as a certain beauty of a woman, i.e. something that should not be stressed, but simply considered a rarer feature than most women.

Uterine flexion affects 1/6 of all women. In about 10% of them, the uterus goes from posterior to anterior flexion after pregnancy.

Unfortunately, sometimes rear flexion can cause unpleasant ailments such as:

  • more heavy menstrual periods
  • diarrhea during menstruation

In addition, in the first trimester, uterine flexion of the uterus may make it difficult to observe the fetus through the abdominal wall, therefore it is necessary to examine Vaginal ultrasound. Interestingly, in the second trimester of pregnancy the uterine flexion disappears and the uterus becomes anterior flexion.

Although there is an opinion that rear flexion of the uterus may make it difficult to get pregnant, doctors do not confirm this. That is why it is worth treating the information about underbending or backward as a curiosity, nothing more.