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Doctor insights on: Cervical Thinning

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Cervical Thinning (Overview)

Cervical "thinning" is also called cervical effacement. In most women, the cervix is around 4-5cm long (0%). As the cervix ripens in preparation for labor it gets shorter. This is effacement. It is expressed as a percentage. Effacement continues during labor until it is 100% effaced (paper thin). This is one measurement labor staff use to track and communicate the progress of labor.


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Could I be having twins if my cervix is thinning at 30 weeks pregnant?

Could I be having twins if my cervix is thinning at 30 weeks pregnant?

Get an ultrasound!: That question is easily and definitively answered by a fetal ultrasound - cervical thinning can be seen with singleton or multiple pregnancies. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
6 doctors shared insights

Cervical Thinning (Overview)

Cervical "thinning" is also called cervical effacement. In most women, the cervix is around 4-5cm long (0%). As the cervix ripens in preparation for labor it gets shorter. This is effacement. It is expressed as a percentage. Effacement continues during labor until it is 100% effaced (paper thin). This is one measurement labor staff use to track and communicate the progress of labor.


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What is a cervical neuroma, what causes it? And how is it treated?

What is a cervical neuroma, what causes it? And how is it treated?

Benign nerve growth: A neuroma is a benign tumor or overgrowth of nerve cells which may grow from the nerve or be due to a focal injury. Neuromas can occur anywhere a nerve is. A cervical spine neuroma arises from nerves exiting the spine in the neck region. Many are small, and cause no problem. Larger ones or ones affecting muscle and pain function need evaluation. Your neurologist can help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how treatable is cervical cancer?

Can you tell me how treatable is cervical cancer?

Very treatable: Depending on what stage of cervix cancer a patinet has, it is usually very treatable and usually the patinet is cured. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cervical radiculopathy?

What is the treatment for cervical radiculopathy?

It depends on the: Severity of the condition, could be Motrin and physical therapy and in bad cases surgical dictums and fusion. ...Read more

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What is cervical spondilitis and treatments?

Spondylitis: this typically means arthritis in the cervical spine. It can cause nerve impingement as well. Treatment includes medications, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, or even surgical intervention. ...Read more

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I had sex a week after cryo surgery and i'm on the pill. Does cryosurgery increase the chance of pregnancy? Because of thinning of the cervix?

I had sex a week after cryo surgery and i'm on the pill. Does cryosurgery increase the chance of pregnancy? Because of thinning of the cervix?

No: Cryosurgery does not increae your chances of pregnancy, but i'm surprised your doctor didn't tell you not to have sex for at least 3 weeks while the cergvix is healing, or at least until the watery discharge stops completely(usually 10-14 days). ...Read more

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What is preventing a cervical cap from dislodging or shifting around?

What is preventing a cervical cap from dislodging or shifting around?

Barrier Contraceptiv: A cervical cap is a form of barrier contraception. It is filled with some spermicide and inserted over the cervix to prevent pregnancy. Modern cervical caps must be fitted by a clinician due to the wide variation in cervical size. They are not often prescribed nowadays. Cassanova is credited (?True) with inventing the cervical cap by using half of a lemon. Fitting and suction hold it in place. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cervical thinning?

Cervix getting short: Cervical "thinning" is also called cervical effacement. In most women, the cervix is around 4-5cm long (0%). As the cervix ripens in preparation for labor it gets shorter. This is effacement. It is expressed as a percentage. Effacement continues during labor until it is 100% effaced (paper thin). This is one measurement labor staff use to track and communicate the progress of labor. ...Read more

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Could I be having twins if my cervix is thinning at 30 weeks pregnant?

Get an ultrasound!: That question is easily and definitively answered by a fetal ultrasound - cervical thinning can be seen with singleton or multiple pregnancies. ...Read more

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I am at 29 weeks and 5 days. At 4 pounds been having pains doctor said cervix thinning is this normal and leading to labor?

I am at 29 weeks and 5 days. At 4 pounds been having pains doctor said cervix thinning is this normal and leading to labor?

It is too soon: It is far too soon for the cervix to be thinning. Monitor your pains and if they become rhythymic at 5 minutes or less contact your OB MD. ...Read more

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2 days til my due date dilated to 4cm losing alot of mucus plug is that also thinning of the cervix?

2 days til my due date dilated to 4cm losing alot of mucus plug is that also thinning of the cervix?

Cervix Changes: the cervix dilates from 0 to 10 cm which is ready for delivery. The cervix also thins it starts out about 2-4 cm long and then we judge its thinning by percentages. You will hear 10% effaced(thinned), 50% effaced, completely effaced which means it is thinned all the way. Losing the mucous plug has to do with neither, it is just mucous in the cervix that is lost anytime prior to delivery. ...Read more

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32wks contractions 4 last 2wks, ffn neg 2wk ago, now dilated 11/2, thinning cervix,heads down,took shots& med last week! Chance of preterm??

32wks contractions 4 last 2wks, ffn neg 2wk ago, now dilated 11/2, thinning cervix,heads down,took shots& med last week! Chance of preterm??

Below: It certainly sounds like your DR is doing everything possible to prepare if you do have a premature delivery. Everything possible is being done. Time will give you an answer Continue to follow DR's advice, and inform the DR of any changes. ...Read more

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Can i ask to be induced at 37 weeks if i believe baby is too big already (7lbs) and cramped inside since i'm small? Cervix is thinning but no dilation

Can i ask to be induced at 37 weeks if i believe baby is too big already (7lbs) and cramped inside since i'm small? Cervix is thinning but no dilation

Unlikely to happen: Given the frequency of breathing problems in newborns induced at 37 wks, i think it unlikely you could talk your way into that one.I believe the american college of obgyn has issued guidelines that question the practice. Early delivery for fetal distress & various maternal complications is still considered good care. ...Read more

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I had sex a week after cryo surgery and i'm on the pill. Does cryosurgery increase the chance of pregnancy? Because of thinning of the cervix?

No: Cryosurgery does not increae your chances of pregnancy, but i'm surprised your doctor didn't tell you not to have sex for at least 3 weeks while the cergvix is healing, or at least until the watery discharge stops completely(usually 10-14 days). ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more