I received lots of great questions from those who filled out the Teen Menstrual Health Survey. One of which was, “where the heck is my uterus and ovaries”. So, I thought this is the perfect place to start.
What I didn’t mention in the video was how deep within the belly the uterus is. The fundus (top of the uterus) is about 40% deep into the pelvis from the front. To get to the level of the uterus, you have to sink through several layers of the belly:
- superficial fascia (fatty layer)
- membrane layer
- deep fascia layer
- transversalis fascia
- parietal peritoneum
You most likely won’t feel the uterus on yourself unless it’s enlarged or when large fibroids are present. You may feel it when the uterus is way off to one side or extremely anteverted (tipped forward). The top part of the uterus (the fundus) is what you will feel if you feel anything which feels kind of like a water balloon. Don’t worry about whether you can feel it or not, the important thing is that you can visualize it. If you’ve learned the uterine self-care massage, you’ll do the same massage no matter what position your uterus is in. The self-care massage improves blood, lymph and energy flow throughout the pelvis and pelvic organs and gently guides the uterus to an optimal position.
Below you’ll find several images and a video of uteri to give you a better picture of where the uterus is and what it looks like. Keep in mind that an average size of a uterus (during reproductive years) is about 4 oz. when not menstruating and 3″ high, 2″ wide, 1″ thick. The uterus decreases in size slightly after menopause due to hormonal expression. The ovaries also recede posterior toward the rectouterine pouch (between the back wall of the uterus and the rectum).
Organs never look realistic in models or in anatomy books, so check out the super duper cool video below to see what a live uterus looks like!
And finally, this is what a uterus looks like while playing Astroids…