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what causes a shortened cervix?

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Dr. Jennifer Austin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Short cervix: The most common cause is pregnancy. It does not cause a problem otherwise. If your cervix is too thin too soon in pregnancy, you are at risk for preterm labor and will need evaluation and treatment. We usually do not know that a cervix will become too thin until it happens during pregnancy or if it happened during a previous pregnancy.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I have a small cervix, will I still be able to have a normal birth?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Size of the cervix should not prevent a normal vaginal birth. A cervix too short, too early can lead to preterm birth. Close follow up by your dr can help predict a risk.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if my cervix starts to open before I am full term?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: Women who have had babies before often dilate before they go into labor. In first time moms early dilatation puts one at risk for early delivery, but one still may deliver at term. If the dilatation is happening after 36 weeks it is of litle concern. Dilatatation in the 24-34 weeks range is more concerning for being a precursor to preterm labor.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I expect if I have an incompetent cervix?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Close surveillance: There are many ways of managing a patient with a history of incompetent cervix. Some women may receive a cerclage or a stitch around their cervix. You may be placed on bedrest or modified activity. Some women receive vaginal Progesterone suppositories or injections. Some women have frequent sonograms to measure their cervical length.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the risks involved if I need to receive cryotherapy for the lesions on my cervix?

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Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Scar Tissue: Cryotherapy on the cervix can sometimes cause scar tissue on the cervix making it harder to open in labor. A typical scenario for someone with this is a woman who presents in labor with strong, frequent contractions but whose cervix is stuck at one centimeter for hours, then suddenly she is six centimeters dilated. This happens when the scar releases. It just takes time and patience.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How do I know if my cervix has started to dilate early?

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Dr. Theodore Hovick Jr
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
You can't: The only way to determine cervical dilatation is an examination by your obstetrician. If you are having any signs or symptoms of labor, discuss this with your doctor. They might feel it appropriate to check your cervix for changes.

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