Retroverted uterus - Definition

March 2017


Definition


The uterus is the female reproductive organ in which the ovum, once it has been fertilized, develops into an embryo then fetus. This organ is shaped like an upside-down pear, and comprises the body of the uterus, rich in blood vessels and lined with the uterine mucosa, or endometrium; and the neck of the uterus that opens onto the vagina. In order to define the position of the body of the uterus, two angles are taken into account: the angle of flexion, formed between the axes of the body and neck of the uterus; and the angle of version, formed on the pelvic axis, the line drawn from the belly button to the coccyx. A retroverted, or tilted, uterus is when the angle of version is located behind the angle formed between the belly button and coccyx.

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