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Cervical Cerclage Risks
I had a high risk pregnant previously where my cervix opened at 27 weeks...should I go to a high risk gyno for cervical cerclage?
Cerclage: many ob's are trained in this technique. Discuss with your OB. If they are not comfortable ask them to refer you to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. ...Read more
If you have a history of cervical insufficiency, or if your cervix appears short on an ultrasound, you may be offered a cerclage. A cerclage is a surgical procedure that involves stitching the cervix closed with a strong thread for the full-term of the pregnancy. After having a cerclage, a woman is usually prescribed medication to prevent a surgery-related miscarriage. The stitches are removed around the ninth month of pregnancy, or sooner if labor commences, ...Read more
I have severe BV with very foul smelling discharge. I am 6 weeks 4 days pregnant, is my baby at risk? Lost last bb from cervical cerclage infection
Increase risk: Bacterial vaginosis can increase the risk of preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, and postpartum uterine infections. Although men may clear the infection without treatment, i would recommend that your partner and you should be treated. You schould avoid sexual intecourse for two week, then use condoms. Have your doctor check you for recurrences. Check with you ob/ gyn for appropriate tx. ...Read more
3 cervical cerclages, 1 preterm labor, 3 c-sections, 2 miscarriages... Would i be considered high risk? Pregnant with #6, only 3 surviving children
Complicated: In general cerclage is indicated when a woman has a clear history of incompetent cervix and previable second trimester delivery. Its complicated though, and somewhat controversial among experts. One should consult with an OB or mfm about the issue if one thinks a cerclage might be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difficult: Your cerclage will be checked by your OB either by inspection or ultrasound. I prefer ultrasound to check for length of cervix and any beaking membranes (amniotic sac pushing into the cervix). You should call your doc if you have pressure or increased discharge (especially watery, mucousy, or blood-tinged) for an evaluation. Try to keep pressure off your cervix and good luck. Avoid any straining. ...Read more
I have had 3 cervical cerclages, the last became infected and i lost my baby girl at 20 or so weeks. Should i get another this time?
Absolutely: I have a different insight to this question compared to most ob's because my wife has an incompetent cervix. It's horrible that you lost your baby because of an infection, but i would definitely recommend another cerclage for you. If you have been diagnosed with an incompetent cervix, that will never change. Get the cerclage placed early, 13-14wks, when risk for problems is lowest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: But you really should make sure its ok by your doctor as asex causes contractions, and if you just had this done why push your luck. ...Read more
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