Trying to get pregnant is a big enough deal without worrying about the actual direction of your uterus, but for those who have a tilted or retroverted uterus, there might be a little concern surrounding how to conceive. But if you're wondering how to get pregnant with a tilted uterus, the answer is simple — just like you would with a "normal" uterus.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, your uterus is normally in a straight, vertical position. But with a tilted uterus, the uterus is tipped backwards toward the back of the pelvis. While it may sound dramatic, the U.S. National Library of Medicine noted that one in five women have a tilted uterus, making it a pretty common experience. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association suggested that many women may not even realize they have a tipped uterus and that, by the time you reach week 10 to 12 of your pregnancy, your uterus will be in the more common straight, vertical position. But how do you get pregnant with a tilted uterus?
Dr. Seth Plancher, OB-GYN at Garden City OB-GYN in Garden City, New York, tells Romper that there's really no reason to worry about conceiving with a tilted uterus. "A tilted uterus is basically normal," Plancher says. "It's kind of like being a lefty and it doesn't really have any clinical significance."
The American Pregnancy Association website agrees with Plancher: a tilted uterus is only considered a cause of infertility if all other possible causes of infertility have been ruled out.
So getting pregnant with a tilted uterus is a lot like getting pregnant with a straight uterus. You can track your fertility to give yourself the best chance at getting pregnant each month, and you can also identify the signs and symptoms of ovulation so you know when your body is gearing up to release an egg. The American Pregnancy Association noted that if you're under 35 years old, you can give yourself a full 12 months of trying to conceive before you need to reach out to a healthcare provider. If you're over 35 years old, give yourself a full six months of trying. But regardless of how old you are or how long it takes to get pregnant, the good news is that your uterus placement most likely isn't the reason for any issues you might have.