I felt compelled to start this due to my own experience having a uterine inversion when I had my son in 2011.  After some quick searches and long talks with my doctors, I discovered that there is very little out there about uterine inversions and even less about having more pregnancies and births after one.  My hope is to at least share my own personal experiences, a bit more unfiltered from what I would tend to post on my family blog, to potentially help anyone else looking for some clues on what expect for themselves.

UPDATE: June 2016 – A couple of things have become evident in the years since I started this blog and in staying in touch with my doctors.  There is still very little information anywhere about inversions.  Even worse, for those of us who had an inversion, there is almost no information about what to expect in the months and years afterwards.  For me, personally, this is being compounded a bit by the fact that my doctor is pretty certain that I have endometriosis that is being expressed in a bit of an a-typical way (primarily shoulder pain).

Truth be told, I’m constantly amazed at how 10 minutes after the birth of my first child has seemed to have a lasting impact on me.  This isn’t something I really broadcast or share with many people, most people have no idea, but it’s a recurring theme in conversations with my doctors.

Thank you for reading this blog.  I have a feeling that if you are reading it, it is because we can relate on some level, and I sincerely hope this helps you gain some information or insight on your own experience.

  1. #1 by Trina on August 26, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    I had a similar experience to you with the birth of my first son. My placenta retained and I was given an injection to make my uterus contract and the placenta detach. Unfortunately as my uterus inverted this caused me incredible amounts of pain.
    I had to wait half an hour before anyone understood what had happened to me and rushed me to the OR. I lost a lot of blood and was in Critical Care for five days. What is different about our experiences is that the surgeon was able to replace my uterus without invasive surgery, he told me afterwards that he used saline to ‘float’ my uterus back into place.
    I am very nervous about trying for baby number two. My son is almost 17 months old. I am worried about being able to conceive and also about the subsequent pregnancy. I am very happy to have found your blog, because as you said, there is almost no information out there about it!
    Thank you,

    • #2 by kristie on July 19, 2015 - 6:47 am

      Trina your situation is identical to mine! Do you still have pain after the inversion? See my comment below. Id love to talk. My email is kristieleepurvis@gmail.com id love to hear your story.

      • #3 by Trina on July 21, 2015 - 12:35 am

        I’ve just written you an email Kristie. 🙂

  2. #4 by kristie on July 19, 2015 - 6:45 am

    Hi! I have stumbled accross your blog after a bit of googling. I had a complete uterine inversion 7 months ago. My name is Kristie and im from australia. Im 25, first baby and no risk factors. It was a natural birth no pain relief when the inversion happened it was the most amount of pain i have ever in my life felt and still to this day it makes me cringe to even remember. My husband was in the room with our new baby, same as yours. He still has nightmares! I also didnt require a hysterectomy during surgery ( thankyou god!) However im unsure ill ever have another. My reason for this message is to thankyou. Thankyou for taking your time to write your story and continue on after as well, know that it has helped me. So much (my milk stopped at 4 months too, and i still felt so guilty, until i read your post even though it was a rough start due to the amount of blood i lost) . Did you have pain post your inversion? As i said im 7months post and i still have significant abdominal pain, like muscle pain.?
    I would love to hear back from you. I hope your two children are doing good and you also.

    • #5 by katielynn221 on July 19, 2015 - 11:47 am

      Thanks! It’s nice to “meet” you :). Yes, I think one of the universal things I’ve heard from other women who’ve had UIs that it is very common to have pain, soreness up to a year to 18 months afterwards. That certainly has been the case with me. I spoke with a friend who is a L&D nurse and she noted that, even if you seem “healed” that deep healing really does take at least a year to happen. This reason is why some OBs discourage trying to conceive for at least 18 months after a UI and surgery.

  3. #6 by Jen Everett on January 22, 2016 - 11:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. Our daughter was born August 10th and I had a complete uterine inversion as well. No one talked to me about what was happening during or after. I’ve asked tons of question and the Dr. just keeps telling “not to worry about it”. He says there are no restrictions for getting pregnant again, no need to plan a C-section…basically like it wasn’t that big of a deal. But he told my husband that it was a serious and life threatening condition and I could have died and lost my uterus. Can you tell me what your Dr. told you after yours? Did they do anything different to monitor your 2nd pregnancy? My husband and I are planning on starting to try for #2 once our daughter turns 1. I am leaning towards a scheduled C-section bc I think the anxiety of having another natural birth and the uterine inversion happening again would completely ruin my pregnancy and cause so much anxiety. Also, do you think having pitocin had anything to do with it? I was on a drip my entire labor. My water broke but I wasn’t having contractions. Thank you in advance for any information you can provide. It’s really hard to find anything online about it.

    • #7 by katielynn221 on January 22, 2016 - 11:28 pm

      It really is tough to find much online- largely because there aren’t many of us out there. I looked and looked after I had my first son and couldn’t find anything either. It’s a very rare complication, most doctors maybe will see one case, maybe.

      I really don’t think the pit had anything to do with mine, mainly because my uterus tried to invert during my c-section with my second child (my first baby was my complete UI). But, they were able to immediately manage it and everything went very well for my c-section.

      I’ve heard of women going on to have natural, uneventful (in terms of complications) deliveries after a UI, and that is the prevailing understanding in the medical field. My OB spoke with me several times about why he thought I inverted- which has to do with my actual uterus and collagen makeup… Sort of hard for me to explain since I’m not a doctor, but my second delivery confirmed he was right.

      I opted for the c-section in order to know I had control of the situation and that we had a game plan in place off the bat. It helped and in the end was the right decision for us. No matter what you decide when the time comes, make sure your doctor supports you and your goals and that you respect their feedback. At the end of the day, you need to have a doctor that you trust will make the best call for you and your family :).

  4. #8 by Erin Riley on October 29, 2016 - 1:34 am

    I had a complete uterine inversion in December of 2014 after delivering my son. Now almost 2 years later I am still emotionally affected by it. Thankfully, my uterus was saved. My scar is pretty bad. After my son was born he was taken to be checked because of visable mercomium, so he was not placed on my chest. Once it was realized what was going on I was taken to surgery and then spent 2 days in ICU before I ever touched or held my son. This is the memory that I struggle with recovering from. One of my first memories after surgery is that of lactation consultant rolling in a breast pump and telling me to use it every 2 hours for 20 minutes. Which I did even through drug induced sleepyness. My milk came in and I nursed for 14 months.
    Thank you for posting your experience with this. I often wish for a support group. Many women go through extremes complications, often times way worse than an inversion. But knowing that someone understands is a blessing.
    One last amazing fact from that night in the hospital. There were 3 of us total who experienced this rare occurrence that night. One who did in fact end up having a hysterectomy. I wish I could somehow find those other women.
    Take care everyone.

    • #9 by Louise Kalouria on April 19, 2017 - 12:25 am

      Wow Erin, your experience is similar to mine and it does take time to recover. The fact there were 3 that night is very unusual. I have several vivid memories and theories as to why mine happened. Being in ICU and wanting your newborn is something that is hard to describe, suffice to say painful. We are lucky to have survived it though! Contact me any time.

      • #10 by katielynn221 on May 2, 2017 - 4:27 pm

        Thanks! I was the only one that day – he’d seen one during a residency rotation (not his patient, just observed) and had another patient about 6 years before my delivery. Thankfully, he has not seen another one since then!

  5. #11 by Kate Casebier on June 11, 2017 - 12:04 am

    I can’t tell you how much finding this blog has meant to me. My uterine inversion occurred when my second baby was born in February 2017. The last few months have been so emotional, compounded by feeling so alone in my experience and finding next to no resources to reassure me my recovery is “normal.” Would anyone be willing to recommend a specialist they’ve seen or their doctor as a resource? We’ve ruled out having another I think, but I’m still struggling to understand why this happened, how to recover and minimize the chance of chronic prolapse (which my on warned me might lead to a hysterectomy eventually) and whether what I’m experiencing now (with pain, sensitivity, and strange sensations) is typical. Any insight, information or emails to trade stories would be so appreciated.

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