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What exercises are best for a tilted uterus?

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According to the American Pregnancy Association, a "knee-chest" exercise can temporarily help with a tipped uterus provided the tilt has not been caused by endometriosis, a pelvic infection or fibroid tumors. Exercise, however, is a temporary fix. Permanent fixes for a tilted uterus include treating the underlying cause and sometimes surgical repair of damage.

There are several causes of a tipped uterus, including incorrect development during puberty, stretched ligaments secondary to childbirth, scarring from adhesions due to endometriosis and other disorders. Symptoms range from frequent urinary tract infections and fertility problems to painful sexual intercourse or menstruation. While this is normally a minor problem, fertility specialist Carolyn Kubick at Babycenter says women with more serious uterine tilt symptoms may be able to find relief through UPLIFT surgery.

In WebMD's version of the knee-chest exercise, the subject lies on her back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. While otherwise remaining still, she brings one knee to the chest, holds for 15 to 30 seconds, relaxes and returns to the start position. The exercise is then repeated with the other leg. This is performed a total of two to four times with each leg. While this is a simple beginner's exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles and gently exercise tendons, it is still a good idea to talk to a doctor prior to beginning this or any other exercise to treat a tilted uterus.


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