Does having a tilted uterus make it more difficult to conceive?

Answers from Mary M. Gallenberg, M.D.

A tilted uterus, also called a tipped uterus or retroverted uterus, is a normal anatomical variation. It shouldn't interfere with your ability to conceive.

In most women, the uterus tips forward at the cervix. About 1 in 4 women, however, has a uterus that leans backward, or tilts, at the cervix. In the past, doctors thought that a tilted uterus could have contributed to infertility. But experts now know that the position of the uterus doesn't affect the ability of sperm to reach an egg.

Rarely, a sharply tilted uterus is due to a disease such as endometriosis, an infection or prior surgery. Although this may make it more challenging for the sperm to reach the egg, conception can still occur. However, in these cases, you may benefit from seeing a fertility specialist.

Feb. 18, 2014 See more Expert Answers