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is cervix always closed or open?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Open: The cervix is always open althnough the opening is quite narrow outside of pregnancy. It contains a mucus plug which helps prevent infection and other things from passing through but is receptive to living spermatozoa.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have a slightly curved cervix?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Probably nothing: The uterus is composed of muscle and collagen, both are somewhat flexible. The uterus is attached inside you, but is still a bit mobile, while the cervix is somewhat fixed in place by it's attachment to the vagina. When the uterus leans forward or back (or side), then the cervix will be curved a bit. Essentially, whatever the position of the uterus and cervix inside you, it is normal for you.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Why would my doctor say my cervix is incompetent?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Opens up too early: The cervix normally has a very small opening--the os--even during pregnancy. It should remain so until close to delivery at which time passage of the baby through the os is needed. Thus, close to birth time, the cervix begins to dilate from about <1cm to 10. If dilating too early (opens up), there is risk of preterm delivery, hence concerning for incompetent cervix. Hope that helps. Good luck.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What does in mean when your cervix is incompetent?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not keeping closed: The cervix normally has a very small opening--the os--even during pregnancy. It should remain so until close to delivery at which time passage of the baby through the os is needed. Thus, close to birth time, the cervix begins to dilate from about <1cm to 10. If dilating too early (incompetent), there is risk of preterm delivery, hence concerning for incompetent cervix. Hope that helps. Good luck.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is the cervix always open or closed?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Open: The cervix is always open althnough the opening is quite narrow outside of pregnancy. It contains a mucus plug which helps prevent infection and other things from passing through but is receptive to living spermatozoa.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

Normally my cervix always feels soft and open but today it feels hard and closed. What does this mean???

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nothing: The cervix changes its' consistency during the menstrual cycle based upon the hormones involved.

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