What Does It Mean If Your Cervix Far Back?

During labor, the cervix far back is a common concern among pregnant ladies. If you are not pregnant and have a posterior cervix, it is not a problem. As it does not manifest itself unless a gynecologist checks! 

But, why you may have a cervix far back? 

Typically, the cervix is higher in its position on the vagina but comes down at the time of menstruation or labor pain. But in some cases, the cervix may hide or move far back from the vaginal opening due to uterus abnormalities that may lead to fertilization or dilation obstructions. 

However, you are not alone if your doctor diagnoses you with a posterior cervix. Let’s find out the facts:

Cervix Far Back – All You Need to Know

Cervix is the cylinder-shaped organ at the bottom of the uterus. It connects the uterus to the vagina. Also, it is a small gateway through which sperm fertilize eggs.

Sometimes women may have a far away cervix from the vaginal opening. It might be differently angled or at an unknown location. Doctors often call it a tilted, deep cervix or retroverted uterus. 

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Today, about 1 in 5 women has a uterus or cervix that is tilted back toward the spine, rather than sitting upright or leaning forward somewhat in the lower abdomen. 

A moved cervix typically does not cause any fertility, pregnancy, or health obstructions. Nevertheless, it is considered a normal variation of the cervix. 

However, the cervix far back can pose some health consequences in rare cases. So, you should talk with your gynecologist about it. 

What Causes The Cervix to Bend Backward?

Indeed, specific factors may cause the cervix to bend backward or tilt from its position. Mostly pregnancy and weak muscles are responsible for this. However, this may also be inherited in some women. 

Moreover, some health conditions such as unusual tissue scarring that pulls the uterus tissue may lead to a change in the shape and orientation of the cervix.

Listed below are some of the reasons why a cervix may move back:

  • Possibly because of the weakness of pelvic muscles. It usually occurs after menopause or childbirth, when the uterus ligaments are weakened. Because of this, the cervix falls backward.
  • The enlargement of the uterus because of some conditions like pregnancy, tumor, or a fibroid can affect the cervix position.
  • It is also caused by genetic disorders, or some are born with tilted uterus and cervix.
  • Infections, endometriosis (a painful condition where uterine tissues grow outside your uterus), and pelvic surgeries may scar the uterus or pelvis. These scar tissue can pull the uterus backward and give it a tipped appearance, which influences the cervix position.
  • Also, the cervix moved quite a bit during the labor pain.

Some Signs of Cervix Far Back

Indeed, many factors led to the cervix tilting backward. Certainly there are a large number of women with a dispositioned cervix. However, it’s widespread for a woman to have no symptoms. 

In fact, a woman may not be aware that her cervix is tilted. It is mainly considered a common variation, and it does not affect health overall. It may risk health in sporadic cases. 

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Some symptoms of the cervix far back are written below:

  • Menstrual pain or cramping
  • Having trouble wearing tampons
  • Consistent urinary tract infections
  • Minor urinary incontinence
  • Pain during sex
  • Back pain during intimacy

If you find the above symptoms, you should better consult your doctor.

How Is a Moved Cervix Diagnosed?

By following the below directions, you can determine the position of your cervix:

To start, you need to stick your index and middle fingers in your vagina and try to push them deep to reach the cervix. After that, you must probe in order to determine where the cervix is. However, it should be done by a health expert, as you can spread the infection or vagina or uterus scarring. 

The tilted cervix is easily detected through a routine pelvic examination. In this process, your doctor places two fingers inside the vagina to feel and push on the cervix. Next, use the second hand on the abdomen and gently pressed it to trap the uterus between the fingers. The doctor uses this test to determine whether the cervix is tilted or not. Additionally, an ultrasound or MRI can show a retroverted cervix.

An anteverted uterus is one that tilts toward your abdomen at the cervix. It is a normal condition. In retroversion, the cervix tilts backward. It can sometimes cause complications during pregnancy.

How Can I Move My Cervix Forward?

Although the cervix far back is not a severe condition, you can plan to fix it if it is interfering with your fertility, or intimate life. Indeed, you can move your cervix with the help of diets and some exercise. Moreover, surgery and some medicines may help as well. Yet, it is better to consult your healthcare provider. 

A health expert may prescibe you a treatment option to correct the angle of your tilted cervix or uterus. Some options that a doctor may consider are the following: 

  • By doing knee-to-chest exercises, you can realign your uterus
  • You can strengthen your uterine muscles with pelvic floor exercises
  • Use a ring-shaped plastic or silicone pessary that supports your uterus during labor
  • Suspension of the uterus
  • Surgical uterine uplift

Is It Harder to Get Pregnant With a Deep Cervix?

Indeed, the cervix plays a significant role in the process of fertilization and intimacy. But, where the cervix is located does not impact fertility much. Moreover, there has been no research that indicates that a moved cervix is associated with fertility.

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In fact, in a sperm-egg meet-up, a sperm must have the energy to reach the cervix from the female vagina. Eventually, the cervical mucus transports the sperm to the fallopian tubes, where it fertilize the egg, which results in conception. 

Regardless of whether the cervix is tilted or posterior, it has little impact on the pregnancy. Indeed, you can get pregnant with a naturally tilted cervix. 

Anyhow, if you have a conception issue, it might be possible an underlying cause prevents you from getting pregnant instead of a posterior cervix

FAQs

How can I open my cervix naturally?

There are several ways to open the cervix. You can eat pineapple, drink raspberry leaf tea, and eat spicy foods. These are all beneficial for spreading the cervix.

Keeping your body in balance and performing regular exercises can also help. Being happy and relaxing can also make a significant difference.

What can you eat to dilate the cervix faster?

It is possible to dilate the cervix faster by eating a healthy and balanced diet. Pineapple, spicy foods, black liquorice, garlic, green papaya, maternity salad, dates, black cohosh, etc., are some foods that induce labor and help dilation.

Can you feel the cervix?

Yes, it is possible to detect the cervix by inserting your fingers into the vaginal opening. For this purpose, the middle finger may be the most effective finger due to its length.

Press the finger into the cervix to reach it. Your cervix is then felt. Be sure to use clean fingers for insertion.

What is a normal cervix position?

Around ovulation, the cervix is soft (like the ear lobe), slightly open, and maybe situated high up in your abdomen. At the time of ovulation, the cervix rises to a higher level. Around the time of menstruation, it will be lower in the vagina.

Does the cervix descend during labor?

Cervix shape and position change during labor or delivery. Typically, the descent of the cervix happens when the baby’s head passes through the pelvis. In most cases, the cervix descends, either when the cervix dilates or when you begin pushing. 

Conclusion

There are many normal variations in uterine position in the pelvis, including having the uterus or cervix far back or toward the spine. Usually, it is not dangerous and does not affect the pregnancy, fertilization, and periods. But, infrequently, it may risk your health. 

Remember not to do something wrong with your cervix; otherwise, you can get in contact with some really serious health risks. Always consult a gynecologist for your cervix health.

Dr Hafeez Arshad

Dr Hafeez Arshad

This is Dr. Hafeez. I have done my M.Phil in Pharmacology. I am a healthcare professional. My core competencies focus on writing different types of research articles/blogs regarding health sciences.

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