Skip to main content

Unfortunately we don't fully support your browser. If you have the option to, please upgrade to a newer version or use Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari 14 or newer. If you are unable to, and need support, please send us your feedback.

Publish with us
Vesicouterine Pouch
Digestive System

Vesicouterine Pouch

Excavatio vesicouterina

Read more


The peritoneum is a complex, continuous serous membrane consisting of a layer of mesothelium and varying degrees of connective and adipose tissue. Visually, it is largely unremarkable, smooth, and has a lubricated surface due to the presence of peritoneal fluid.

Complete Anatomy
The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform
Try it for Free

Anatomical Relations

This vesicouterine pouch is only present in females. It is the space resulting from the peritoneum reflecting from the anterior surface of the uterus at the isthmus, onto the posterior aspect of the bladder (Moore, Dalley and Agur, 2013). The reflection is just superior to the supravaginal cervix and, therefore, sits more superior than the rectouterine pouch and as a result is much shallower. The peritoneum continues anteriorly as the peritoneum of the bladder, across its superior surface. The ureters run lateral to the vesicouterine pouch before they reach the bladder.


This vesicouterine pouch decreases direct contact friction between the uterus and the bladder.

List of Clinical Correlates




Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. and Agur, A. M. R. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th edn.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Complete Anatomy

The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform

Complete Anatomy