12:35 am - 10/28/2010

Transverse uterus

Hey all! I'm asking this more for curiosity's sake than any actual concern for my health, but what does a uterus in the "transverse position" mean?
I had a trans-vaginal ultrasound the other day, as a diagnostic for endometriosis/fibroids. The ultrasound machine screen was turned away from me, but the tech was relating some numbers to an assistant (or maybe a trainee), but she also said the uterus in transverse position thing. I see my doctor in a couple of weeks to discuss the results, but just because I was wondering, I Googled the phrase, but everything that I found seems to be related to a fetus in a transverse position, rather than the uterus itself.
P.S. Sorry if this is a stupid question. Like I said, I'm just curious.
nonnycat 28th-Oct-2010 07:32 am (UTC)
I believe a transverse uterus is another term for a retroverted/tipped uterus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retroverted_uterus
anodracs 28th-Oct-2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Aha! Thank you!
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
It means your uterus is tipped backward instead of the usual forward. It's hereditary (I have one, my mom has one, her mom had one) and is a normal variation of the uterus. The only thing it actually means is that you may get some more cramps in your back than in the front. Also, my cervix splays to a really weird angle, but that only means it's harder the doctors to find it (not really fun.) From what I've read, it also usually goes back to normal during pregnancy.
paraxeni 28th-Oct-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Same here, only my mother didn't tell me until the other week when my new Mirena was fitted! I was on the phone and said "Ooh Mam, I found out my uterus is tipped and my cervix is at some bizarre angle. Wouldn't you think they'd have told me that before during one of the 3 million scans/examinations/surgeries I've had?"

She said "Oh yeah, mine was too, that's why my periods were bad.". I sort of mentally head-desked at her. Then she said "Ohhh, maybe that's why yours were so awful for all those years..."
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Last time I was at the gyno (new one) she said "You're poor uterus!" When she was doing a pelvic exam. I was like uhhh... wut? I thought it was a weird ass thing to say.
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that's supposed to be YOUR. (Journalism major, stuff like that bothers me :P)
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
the only risk with pregnancy and a retroverted uterus is a greater risk of c/section for delivery.

other then that its nothing really to be too concerned about :)
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
From my understand, the uterus "rights" itself during pregnancy anyway, so I'm not really sure how it would be reason for a c section.
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
well it doesnt always *right* itself during pregnancy, hence why i said "greater risk". I know a few friends who have had this problem. some delivered vaginally no problems, others not so lucky.

I actually even have a friend that has one and has been told she wont be able to conceive and carry to term. so I guess it really just depends now doesnt it?
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Well everything that I've read about the matter says that a retroverted uterus poses no threat to fertility. My mom actually had secondhand infertility (couldn't get pregnant again after having me) and went through tons of tests, IVF, and the whole works. Her uterus being tipped had nothing to do with it.
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Also, according to http://www.americanpregnancy.org/womenshealth/tippeduterus.html

"How can a tipped uterus affect my pregnancy?

Usually between the 10th -12th week of pregnancy, your uterus will no longer be tipped or "backwards." This should cause no difficulty for the pregnancy or for labor and birth. If the uterus does not move into a "middle" position, miscarriage can occur, but this is very rare. "
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
again im just going off of the PERSONAL experiences of my friends and people I know. anyone can use google to be a 'dr'. Each person is different. as I said before my friend was told she would not be able to carry a baby to term, so she must be one of those 'rare' cases you quote on here.
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
I also said, some had no problems with a vaginal delivery while others werent so lucky. Its not like I said "OMG YOU ARE DOOMED FOR A CSECTION" ! Just posting personal experiences of my friends.
misspaigeb 28th-Oct-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Must be :) But I certainly don't want the OP to think that having a tipped uterus is any sort of problem or that it's going to pose a risk to her fertility or her health. It's not. It's a normal variation of the uterus and it's very common.
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
and again...i just posted personal experiences of those i know who have had this problem. never said she was doomed from the start. I said "greater risk" which is the truth, if her uterus wasnt tilted, that risk wouldnt be as great. Hence 'greater risk' get it?
katrina_splat 28th-Oct-2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I think mispaigeb understands what 'greater risk' means. I think that something like not being able to carry a baby to term shouldn't be said without any kind of source aside from third hand evidence. Just because a friend's doc said it doesn't mean that the risk is suddenly there. And not carrying a baby to term doesn't necessarily mean that a c-section is required.
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Huh??? You make no sense. She posted a link about it being rare but possible not carrying a baby to term with this minor abnormality so there's your hard evidence! Its a fact more so then jus my friends dr telling her so! Also that is a total separate issue then maybe needing a c/s with this common abnormality! So your comment makes no sense.
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
So I'm not allowed to post my friends experiences??? I'm pretty sure its common sense that anytime there is any kind of abnormality during a pregnancy the risk of many things goes up. I wasn't making a bold statement. I don't see what's so hard to understand about that? Also I'm sure if the OP has any problems or questions regarding my comment she would have asked, yet she has not and instead I'm being attacked for posting about my friends personal experiences. I honestly think you all need to relax. You are acting like I've told her she would never be able to conceive and if she does she would most def end up needing a csection, when that is not what I said at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
im sorry, never anywhere did I say that anything Ive posted is a 'fact'.

Only that if there are abnormalities during a pregnancy it poses greater risk for many things.

even a minute abnormality like a tipped uterus. I still don't see how what I posted was wrong. And again if the OP has any questions about it, im sure she'd ask. Other then that...

IDK what to tell you
jennifer0246 28th-Oct-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Could you cite a source for your statement that a person with a retroverted uterus has an increased need of c/s delivery?
_criminal_ 28th-Oct-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
if you reread what i wrote, I went off of my friends experiences and one in which a dr told her she wouldnt be able to conceive and carry a child to term.

never said i had any facts or source behind it.
frolicnaked Maintainer Note28th-Oct-2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
When you said, "the only risk with pregnancy and a retroverted uterus is a greater risk of c/section for delivery," in your , it was presented as a general statement of fact.

If you're relying only on anecdata, it's totally reasonable to ask that you present those personal stories as anecdata from the beginning, rather than making blanket statements from them. If you fail to do that, it's totally reasonable to expect other members to ask you to source your statements or point out the problematic generalization.

Basically, be accountable for your words and comments here.

I'm going to freeze this thread now out of respect for the OP. If you'd like to continue this discussion, you're welcome to do so over in contact_vp.
sandi1743 28th-Oct-2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
were they just looking in the transverse plane of the uterus as that should be done when checking for fibroids.

Transverse is side to side. pic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transverse_plane

FYI - the gold standard for endo is a lap not u/s. good luck in any case!
katrina_splat 28th-Oct-2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think you might be right here.

Remember OP that if you're okay with doing it, the operators probably don't mind you asking this kind of question at the time. You could even call back and ask the reception desk, they'd probably be able to tell you/briefly put you onto a technition to answer a question like this.
nightengalesknd 29th-Oct-2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I would agree with this. I think it's more related to the direction of picutre they were taking of your uterus at the time than a comment on the uterus itself. Ultrasounds can take pictures in several planes.

A transverse picture is bascially a cross section, as opposed to a sagittal or coronal picture which would be more like cutting the body through the head towards the feet.

But definitely ask your doctor. I've not encountered the term "transverse uterus" but it may be a descriptive term for how some uteri are positioned.
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