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Is Your Uterus Where It’s Supposed to Be?

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.

*Update* ย If you are local to south florida or are willing to travel, please make an appointment to see me! ย I have been a massage therapist and healer for 14 years and now I am an Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Therapy Practitioner as well! I also do Skype sessions and can teach you self-care/self healing things you can do on your own, if you can’t find a practitioner in your area.

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 ย 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. ย 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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  • Taylor
    March 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

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

    • Stephanie
      March 2, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      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.

  • Taylor
    March 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    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!

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    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.

    • Stephanie
      March 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • kay
        July 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        I couldn’t agree with you more.
        My mum taught me how to put mine back In place.
        It should pulsate under your belly button to be in the right place because u instantly start to feel well again.
        Walking on an uneaven surface and heavy lifting can cause this too.
        It’s good that people like yourself are getting the knowledge out there.
        Dr’s don’t help with things like this.
        I have had alot of healing for my body after I had a still born.
        It took me 2 years to conceive again as my uterus would not stay in place after the d&c then manual removal of placenta with my 2nd child which took another 2years to conceive my 3rd.I had to have manual removal for my 3rd as the cord snapped. This again is causing my uterus to move out if place often like right now I can’t digest my food properly I keep getting acid reflux my body feels achey & heavy it’s really bloated me making my stomach look huge & gassy & the lust goes on.
        Will be visiting my healer this week to be normal again.

        • Stephanie
          July 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

          So sorry to hear about your loss. Glad that you are privy to this information and know how to take care of yourself. Hope you are in great health soon!

  • Leanne
    March 5, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    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!

    • Stephanie
      March 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      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.

  • Laura
    March 6, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    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!

    • Stephanie
      March 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      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!!

  • alicia
    March 7, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    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!

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM


  • Alana
    March 7, 2013 at 3:42 AM

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

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

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

      • Megan
        March 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Hi Alana, I’m a teacher of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. (Hi Stephanie! ๐Ÿ™‚
        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…

  • Steph Herrick
    March 7, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    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!

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Wow! Good for you! I want to hear all about it!!!

  • Tori
    March 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    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!

    • Stephanie
      March 8, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      So sorry about your losses, that is awful, I know. I really hope you do find a pracitioner in your area. Please keep me posted.

  • Heather
    March 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    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.

    • Stephanie
      March 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Megan
        March 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        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.

  • Tania
    March 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

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

    • Stephanie
      March 21, 2013 at 4:16 AM

      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.

      • Tania
        March 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Thank you Stephanie. Might be time to look into an ultrasound.

  • Alison
    July 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    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

    • Stephanie
      July 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Oh, halleluah! So happy for you! You are on your way to healing!!! Lots of love to you.

  • Elsa
    February 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Stephanie
      February 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Kelly
        May 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Stephanie, did you learn anything further about how ATMAT massage can help with a VBAC?

        • Stephanie
          May 6, 2014 at 1:25 AM

          YES!! Oh my gosh, this work is so important for VBAC moms! It decreases scar tissue, and heals the uterus on all levels. Too much to write in a couple of sentences. If you can’t find one in your area, set up a Skype session with me and I can at least teach you how to do the abdominal massage on yourself.

  • nono
    March 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    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

    • Stephanie
      March 26, 2014 at 3:12 AM

      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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Krista
    May 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I have been told time and time again after my gynaecologist appointments that I have an inverted or retroverted uterus (and so do many of my aunts & cousins from my mother’s side). Not once was it suggested that it is possible to place back to the “normal” position. Thank you for this post.

    • Stephanie
      May 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      I know, it’s so crazy. They pretty much all can tell when it is not in proper placement but just say oh, don’t worry, no biggie, nothing you can do, blah, blah. Such a shame. But information is power! Now you know!!

  • Melissa
    May 15, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’ve been told I have a retroverted uterus. I have an embarrassing symptom to add to you list… I call them my ass hole cramps!! I would get them around the time of my period, and right before and after my daughter was born. There is a medical name for it I looked up once, but basically all of a sudden I would get the most painful, sharp, cramp in my rectum/anal area. I asked my midwife and then an OB about it and I was told it was likely my uterus clamping down and pressing on my rectum, causing it to cramp. Pooping during my periods can be awful and during those first few weeks postpartum, every time I would breast feed and my uterus would clamp down, I would throw my baby into my husbands arms just to be safe and even run to the bathroom. They come suddenly, without warning and hurt intensely I often scream out of pain and surprise. I’ll look into this, thanks for posting.

    • Stephanie
      May 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Bless your heart, that sounds awful!! But I know Mayan Abdominal Therapy can help you for sure!! Find one in your area or call me for a long distance appointment, I can teach you the front part of the massage. But since yours is going backwards on your colon, you really need to find a practitioner who can do the back portion of the treatment and the deep sacral work. Hope you heal soon!

  • Johanna Novoa
    September 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Hi! I’m a south Florida native just had my boy 4weeks ago.Bleeding has almost stopped but I could probably benefit from the massages I want to make sure everything goes back in place

    • Stephanie
      September 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Congrats on your baby! You will want to wait a couple more weeks for a vaginal birth and then another couple more for a cesarean birth. I am in the middle of moving from South Florida back to North Florida, but we can do a Skype session anytime. Just check out my client services page. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • erica
    September 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I have had my uterus tilted to the back for about six years or so Im only 24yrs old not to mention that Intimacy is pretty painfull sometimes and my periods too i would really like to know how to fix this help please

    • Stephanie
      September 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Mayan Abdominal Therapy would fix it! Look to see if there is a practitioner in your area, if not check out my client services page and there is a lot I can help you with over Skype.

  • Thelma
    October 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Hie am 25 years old with 2 kids and has had this problem for a long time nw, l feel cramps even cramping sometimes at my right leg cld it be my uterus is not at ryt position a

  • Jen
    October 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Hi Stephanie, I am so happy I found this site! I am 9 weeks pregnant and just found out I have a retroflexed uterus pressing on my rectum. This is my second pregnancy and I don’t know if I had this before, I had a natural birth but is was terrible back labour and he got stuck and I needed an episiotomy. I checked and there aren’t any Mayan practitioners in my area (Windsor, Ontario), would you be able to show me anything via skype? Thank you so much, my OB thinks this is nothing to worry about unless I got incarcerated uterus but I don’t feel like its normal.

  • faith
    December 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I got my 1st born with cesearean birth ,now m struggling to get pregnent again because at the clinic they said that myuterus moved to the side bt the time of the cesear,i need help!

    • Stephanie
      December 9, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      So sorry to hear of your struggles Faith. I would be happy to help. Please check out my client services page. Lots of love to you.

  • HH
    December 13, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I was told by my GYN that the only solution for my “floppy” uterus was a hysterectomy. If you are well passed your childbirth years and have a uterus that is laying on intestines, and you are also experiencing severe menstrual cramps, is the massage a remedy for this? Also how many times do you usually have to go to get the uterus back in correct position and how long does the treatment last?

    • Stephanie
      December 16, 2014 at 5:58 AM

      YES!! You will need tinctures too. But God Almighty, don’t have a hysterectomy just because your uterus is laying on your colon. Easy fix. Some Dr’s are amazing angels and we need them in this world, but A LOT are surgery hungry and not out for your best interest. The others are looking out for your best interest, but are totally uneducated and not up to date on current research, they do more harm the good, even though they mean well. Go to to find a practitioner in your area.

  • Azucena Deceano
    February 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    So I have a question I have never been pregnant but I’ve been trying for a year and a half can a Mayan massage be the solution or at least help. I was also told that my uterus was out of place along with my ovaries can that be the reason for my infertility

    • Stephanie
      February 18, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      It can for sure help!

  • Carolyn
    April 9, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    I’m pretty confident that my cervix is tilted to the left, can I therefore assume that my uterous is also tilted left or does it not always correlate? I have a bunch of the symptoms listed above and I’m just so sick and tired of dealing with it not just the week of my period but almost all the time. The nearest Mayan massage therapist is a bit of a distance from me. Do you still do skype sessions as mentioned in this post? Would you be able to lead me through figuring out how my uterous is displaced or do I need to see someone in person for them to determine that?

  • Angel Ramos
    July 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Yes ma’am I was wondering where are you located at I need to get my uterus back in place I really think that my problem with no getting pregnant and having pain while sex and on my period so I really think that my problem I went to Guatemala two yrs ago and my husband grandma told me that my problem but she was sick and couldn’t help me so now I’m wanting a baby so bad

    • Stephanie
      July 17, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Sounds like your Grandma is a wise woman I would like to hang out with! Hope you find one in your area, look at Lots of love to you!

  • Amanda
    August 23, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    I live in Guyana South America. I has the copper t which caused PID. The Dr said my tubes are bad and I have a interverted uterus. He wants to do a hysterectomy. I am worry about this. Can you advise on other options

    • Stephanie
      August 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      I would get a second opinion for sure. There are so many other options. Try to find an Arvigo practitioner in your area.

  • heather
    October 23, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Hi my name is heather I’m shocked to read your when I read your post I have had two miss carrigesges pains for 3 years real problems dr can’t find problem I was told I had endormetrisis acid reflux indigestion I decided to go by a massage terapist and get advise while on my way there I Google it and came up on this website I had many of these symptoms I’m great full for this it gave me the strength to go positive yesterday and seek help and I am determined to learn this as well to help others thank u all

    • Stephanie
      October 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      Lots of love and blessing to you Heather, thanks for sharing.

  • Patrice
    January 16, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    I’m glad I found this site, I think I have a titled uterus we’ll cervix to my right side. I have painful menstrual cycles also sex hurts a little. I also think I am pregnant which baby would be due next month but can’t get confirmation because of low hcg. I would love to learn how to put uterus back in place. I’m 23 years old. I hate this happens to us women โ™€.

    • Stephanie
      January 18, 2016 at 2:40 PM

      Search on to find a practitioner in your area. They will help!