The uterus usually points toward a woman’s belly or abdomen. But up to 30% of women have a uterus that’s tipped or tilted, which means it can point upwards or even toward a woman’s back. This is why some women with a tipped uterus experience period pain more as a back ache than as discomfort in their abdomen.
Having a tipped uterus usually isn’t a reason for concern. Most women go their entire lives unaware they have a tipped uterus–although having a tipped uterus can impact a woman’s choice of intercourse positions.
It’s not unusual for a woman with a tipped uterus to prefer positions where she is face to face with her partner. Rear entry or doggie style positions can feel painful. So the missionary position might be her favorite, or she might enjoy a woman-on-top position where she’s facing forward as opposed to a reverse cowgirl.
The terms “tilted uterus” and “tipped uterus” are used interchangeably. They mean the same thing.