Is Your Uterus Where It’s Supposed to Be?


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Last weekend I took an introductory course to Mayan Massage.  It was so wonderful, a room full of midwives, massage therapists, herbalists and healers from around the country.   At this level, it was all about self healing and learning how to do the massage on myself to put my uterus back into place.  Mine was displaced to the left (leaning over and bent down. It’s not back to normal yet, but I did feel a huge transformation just getting up and more to the center where it should be.  At the next course level, I will be able to add this to my reportoire in my private massage/healing practice, and I am super excited about that.

I had no idea how many health problems can be caused by the uterus simply being out of place.

Check out this list.  Does any of the resonate with you? They probably do. About 90% of women are walking around right now with their uterus out of place.

Symptoms of a Displaced Uterus:

  1. Painful periods (Your period is not suppossed to hurt!  Cramping is NOT normal! I had no idea until last weekend!)
  2. Late, early, or  irregular periods
  3. Dark, thick blood at onset and at the end of menstruation
  4. Headache or migraine with period
  5. Dizziness with period
  6. Failure to ovulate regularly
  7. Painful ovulation
  8. Varicose veigns of the legs and hemorrhoids
  9. Tired, weak legs
  10. Numb legs and feet, especially when standing still for awhile
  11. Sore heals when walking
  12. Lower back ache
  13. Endometriosis
  14. Endometrisis
  15. Uterine Polyps and Fibriods
  16. PMS/Depression
  17. Uterine Infections
  18. Frequent Urination
  19. Bladder Infections
  20. Vaginal yeast conditions/vaginitis
  21. Blood clots during menstruation and excessive bleeding
  22. Chronic miscarriage
  23. Premature delivieres
  24. Difficult pregnancies/incompetant uterus/spotting
  25. Failure to ovulate
  26. Infertility
  27. Painful intercourse
  28. Constipation
  29. Difficult menopause
  30. Cancer of the cervix, uterus or colon

Isn’t that INSANE?! In the class, I felt like I was having my mind blown every 45 minutes.   Every time I take a course or class or get certified in something I feel so grateful to have access to information that has been lost in recent generations.  I am dedicated more than ever to finding ancient and traditional wisdom to heal myself and help heal other women.

I will be writing about this topic more in the coming months, but I strongly suggest if any of these things are happening to you, you find a therapist who does Mayan Massage.  It is SUCH an easy fix.  You will feel better immediately, but depending on how long your uterus has been out of place and the severity of the displacement, it could take several months before you are 100%.

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  1. What happens to woman when they get a hysterectomy? Does it make these symptoms go away or worse?

    • Oh girl. That part of the course blew my mind too. Yes, it’s a huge deal. So depending on what type of hysterctomy and what ligaments were cut, will cause lots of problems, like low back pain and a prolapsed bladder. If your uterus is already gone, this work will help you though.

  2. Wow. I’m going to check into this for prevention purposes. I have my lady parts but most of the women in my family don’t due to some of the things on your list above. Thanks for the info!

  3. I HAD NO IDEA OF THIS LIST!! I have this issue and didn’t know it was treatable. My Dr told me it increases discharge and makes Pap smears a little more uncomfortable due to it “tips” the cervix. No mention of anything else. My second baby was 4 weeks early and I believed it was because of this, my Dr did not. I had the worst morning, noon & night sickness (hyperemesis) that needed medicine pumps and always wondered if it was because of this. I get migraines with my period along with many other things on the list. This is truly eye opening. Thank You.

    • So glad you were able to read this! And so sad that Dr’s. don’t know more about traditional wisdom and care. Best bet is to always see a holistic practioner first and a doctor second. :)

  4. As a sonographer, I agree that about 90% of women have a displaced uterus (I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a “perfect” uterus). I can’t wait to read your future posts about Mayan massage, because I’m a little skeptical. I’ve done ultrasounds on so many “floppy” uteri, where the uterus will be anteverted at the beginning of the exam, and and then retroverted at the end. Does Mayan massage help with these women? I would think the uterus would just flop back to its regular position.

    I was also wondering if your class discussed any uterine anomalies, like a didelphic or bicornuate uterus? A lot of women have these anomalies and never know it!

    • Interesting! Glad to know you agree with the 90%. To answer your question, the technique not only helps put uterus back in place but helps it stay there, by stregthening (or relaxing if need be) the surrounding ligaments, that hold the uterus in place. They did not go over uterine anomalies, but I am sure they will in the next level of training that is for professionals who want to do this work on other women and not just themselves.

  5. I’m so happy I found this post! I have already contacted a practitioner in my city and asked her a few questions and hope that it will be possible to make an appointment.
    Ever since having a D&C for a missed miscarriage in Jul 2012 I have had painful ovulation and can “feel” my uterus and ovaries all the time, for lack of a better explanation. I had never experienced any of this previously. Four medical doctors have told me they have no idea as the uterus was not perforated and there are no masses or cysts present.
    It was suggested to me that I either go on birth control pills or get pregnant to suppress ovulation. (Thanks for the help, Doc!) However, for the past 7 months of trying, 3 clomid cycles and 2 IUIs, still not pregnant. I can’t help but wonder if “straightening” things out will not only help my fertility, but in the least make me not so aware of my pelvic organs all the time!

    • I was having similar pains after my most recent miscarriage too, although I was thinking it was more an energy thing, like that my uterus was actually emotionally wounded and was still grieving and the physical pain was a represenation of some residual pain and greif that I had not let go of it yet. So after class I still think that was part of it, because they also taught us that the uterus is the emotional heart of a women, but placement was a big culprit too. I am so excited that you are going to have an appoinment soon! Please keep me posted, I want to know all about what she said!!

  6. My uterus was 3rd degree and i had mayan massage. I could feel my uterus release from the back of my pelvic wall. It was the weirdest sensation!

  7. Do you know how this relates to uterine abnormalites? such as unicornuate, septate, bicornuate, etc. uterine abnormalities?

    • I am not sure. That is probably discussed in the advanced training.

      • Hi Alana, I’m a teacher of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. (Hi Stephanie! :)
        All of this information still relates to the bicornate uterus as well as uteruses with septums. They can all tilt just like the most common uterus shape…

  8. Steph Herrick says:

    Thank you for posting about this!! And that list is awesome! So mind blowing! I have an appointment for my first Mayan abdominal massage next week with a therapist who is just coming back from Brazil doing her advanced training directly with Dr. Arvigo. I can’t wait for my appointment. I had a c-section because my son became stuck frank breech and I was also never able to feel him kick and barely felt him move. I am certain now that my uterus was out of place, probably because of two bad car accidents I had years before. So many lingering issues now make sense. I am looking forward to your next posts on this topic!

  9. This is an amazing revelation! I don’t have complete faith in doctors. Not that I’ve ever had a really bad experience, but in recent years have had three miscarriages. All three babies died for no apparent reason. The first at 10 wk, second at 11, and the last at 12. My body missed the signals and each pregnancy hung on until 15 weeks. Then I started spotting. My last hung in until 16 weeks before we found out. When the first one died I was referred to a doctor I had never met. He seemed caring and yet pushed the d&c. I wasn’t mentally accepting of that. Still regret it. He knew with the next pregnancy that I was at higher risk of m/c and yet only did early hormone testing (progesterone levels) and deemed the pregnancy ok. By the next appointment the baby was dead. The last pregnancy I fully expected more intense testing and even sonograms/ultrasounds or a transfer to maternal fetal. But he didn’t. They checked levels at first visit..good. Second visit they heard heartbeat on doppler. So no ultrasound ordered. Third visit no heartbeat. Baby had died. I can only wonder and speculate that if he had been watching through ultrasound that he may have caught on earlier that something was wrong. I have so many of the symptoms on your list that it’s NOT even funny! I just don’t know where to go or what to do. We no longer have insurance on me. And money is scarce. I was just thinking this morning as I deal with those crappy symptoms of my period (diarrhea, constant urination, clots, heavy bleeding on and on) that I would just have to endure all of this for the next 10 or so years until menopause hits. Maybe I can find someone who practices mayan massage near me!

  10. Is there a way to find out if your uterus is displaced? I’ve been told I have a slightly tilted uterus, and my cervix always feels like it is toward the right side, but I don’t have a ton of those symptoms. I do have pain with sex especially if it is when I am ovulating. I am currently weeks pregnant, and with my first son I had a VERY difficult delivery due to the fact he was in a really bad position (almost posterior, but not quite all the way). He got stuck, they had to use the vacuum, pitocin, it was terrible, and I wonder if any of that could be contributed to a displaced uterus. I am determined to do everything in my power to have a VERY different birth this time, but I’m wondering if this could be part of the problem.

    • Usually your uterus will right itself during pregnancy by a certain point but I am sure it is all still related. I would try to find a Mayan Massage practitioner in your area. :)

      • I also want to encourage you to see an Arvigo Practitioner as this work can help to position the uterus optimally in pregnancy as well, and also support the body in both preparing and delivering in a way that goes beyond normal pregnancy massage. We have practitioners that are trained now in advanced pregnancy techniques which look different from the regular ones. Keep in mind this work is a standard of care for many women south of the boarder… it is one reason there are so many children per mother with so few complications. You can go to and look to see if the practitioner has taken the ‘Advanced Pregnancy’ training in addition to Professional Training.

  11. What test would I ask my doctor to do if I want to know the position of my uterus?

    • An ultrasound will tell you for sure. Or a skilled and gentle internal or external exam, IF they know what they are doing. Most Dr’s, unfortunately do not. Finding a Mayan Massage practitioner in your area will be your best bet. They will be able to do an external exam and tell you.

  12. Stephanie, you have no idea how much this meant to me to read this. I have had so many of the issues listed. This has been going on for such a long time and I had given up. So had my GP who had put my symptoms down to having PMDD and put me on Prozac. I do not agree with my diagnosis and I will now definitely looking into this more. I love love love reading your posts.

    Thank U xx

  13. I’ve had these symptoms for years, yet doctors say nothing is physically wrong. My mothers uterus was in retroflexion position when she had her hysterectomy. Could this be hereditary? My baby turned into the breech position while I was in labor which resulted in an emergency c section. I am hoping for a vbac for my next baby. Is there any correlation with having Mayan message and a successful vbac? Does a misplaced uterus raise your chances on having a uterine rupture in both a vbac situation and regular vaginal delivery? Please let me know if you any thoughts or information on this :)

    • Those are all really good questions. I am about to go to Belize in a few weeks to do my Advanced Training, so I am hopeful I will come back and be able to answer all of your questions. hang tight! ;)

  14. Hi stephaniea,I just gave birth 2months ago and I have prolapse I’m nt sure which 1 I have or wat degree bcos of my less knowledgeable gyn,bt the bulge is stil inside my vaginal,bt I cn see it with a mirror,can the Moyona massage take back the bulge,wat else can u recommend 4 me,you site is the only1 with positive stories as ever dnt kno abt this problem,thanx,by d way I leave in south africa if u myb kno any 1 or anyplace where I cn find any kind of help

    • Congrats on your new baby! Yes, Mayan Abdominal Therapy can absolutely help a prolapse. Search to find a therapist in your area or come down to South Florida and see me! :)


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