What is a Displaced Uterus?
The uterus is a woman’s centre. It lies in the sacral area, known as the centre of creativity, sexuality, sensuality, intimacy and connection. This is where our great female creative force lies, where fertility springs from, whether it is the conception of a child, the emergence of creative project, or the birthing of an aspect of ourselves. Even when the uterus is removed, the energy of this organ remains.
Anatomically, the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the centre of the pelvis, about four centimetres above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and over ten ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. If the ligaments and muscles weaken and loosen, they cause the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.
Women are often told their uterus is retroverted or anteverted, and that it is simply a variation of normal. However, a displaced uterus can cause havoc throughout the systems of the body, tightening muscles and connective tissue in the pelvic region, restricting blood flow and nerve connections, causing pelvic congestion and stagnation.
A malpositioned uterus can impinge on organs such as the colon, bladder and small intestine, therefore affecting digestion. It can also affect the nerves and blood vessels that supply these organs, causing discomfort in the area around the lower spine.
The uterus may also be displaced because of emotional armouring, where blocked emotions become held in the body. The longer the uterus remains out of optimal position, the more likely complicated symptoms will develop.
How does the uterus become displaced?
The uterus may be displaced for a number of reasons, such as:
- Falls affecting the lower back region
- High impact sports and running on cement surfaces
- Lifting and carrying heavy objects before or during menstruation and too soon after childbirth
- Weakened pelvic ligaments due to overstretching during pregnancy and birth
- Repeated pregnancies close together
- Chronic constipation
- Scar tissue from abdominal surgery
- Emotional armouring.
Symptoms of a displaced uterus include:
- Painful or irregular periods
- Painful or irregular ovulation
- Dark or brown blood at the onset and at the end of menstruation
- Headache or migraine with period
- Lower backache; back pain with period
- More serious imbalances, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids and uterine polyps
- Frequent urination; bladder infections; incontinence
- Chronic miscarriage; difficult pregnancies
- Difficulty getting pregnant/infertility
- Chronic constipation
- Peri-menopausal/menopausal symptoms
- Digestive issues.