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what causes a short cervix

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Diedrich
13 years experience Gynecology
Depends : Without knowing your full history all i can say is: it varies from woman to woman. Talk to your doctor and you should have your cervical length checke ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Eaker
Dr. Ron Eaker answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
2 ways: This can be detected either by a manual exam or sonogram measurements.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helen Sandland
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
How short?: Short cervix only matters when it comes to pregnancy. If cervix is < than 2.5 cm long, there is increased risk of prematurity. Your OB can check fo ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Usually none.: Short cervix is generally noted on prenatal sonogram without maternal symptoms. Vaginal Progesterone may help in some of these cases.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ultrasound: doctors generally only look for a short cervix after a person has had a history of a preterm delivery. In the next pregnancy, doctor will perform tran ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: The only time that would be an issue is during pregnancy. During pregnancy a woman who is known to have a short cervix should be followed closely for ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Sometimes the cervix is just that way naturally. Sometimes it has been changed by surgical rpocedures. A short or weakened cervix is concerning for ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Maybe.: Cerclage is a reasonable option only in a few cases with a previous preterm delivery and a currently extremely short cervix (<1-2 cm). Progesterone is ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience General Practice
Your O.B.'s decision: Cervical cerclage ('putting a string around the cervix) in order to prevent 2nd/3rd trimester pregnancy loss is a clinical decision usually based upon ... Read More

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