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What are some ways to dilate the cervix?

What are some ways to dilate the cervix?

Medications, bulbs.: Cervical ripening is generally done with mechanical means (e.g. Catheters with inflatable bulbs/balloons at their end), or with laminaria (for midtrimester pregnancy terminations), or with medications (cervidil, Cytotec (misoprostol) etc). Oxytocin infusion can also help dilate the cervix to trigger labor. ...Read more

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Can orgasm help dilate favorable cervix?

Can orgasm help dilate favorable cervix?

Probably not: Orgasm may cause some uterine contractions, but is not associated with causing labor. ...Read more

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Does the cervix dilate throughout your cycle?

Very slightly: There are very small changes in the size of the opening of the cervix during the menstrual cycle. This small amount of dilation at the time of ovulation when the cervix is slightly more open, is much less "dilation" than occurs in labor (up to 10 cm). ...Read more

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Does it take longer to effaced or dilate if my cervix is tilted?

Nope: Tilted uterus is normal. 30 percent tip backward, 70 percent tip forward. No effect of effacing or dilating. If tipped back, you might have more back pain. ...Read more

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Does the cervix dilate before period?

In a way: There is some variation in the opening of the cervix throughout your monthly cycle. It doesn't dilate in the sense that you dilate at the time of delivery to 10 centimeters or more, but there is a cyclic variation, (very mild), as you prepare to bleed ...Read more

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I'm wondering if u can give birth with a prolapse cervix can u still dilate and everything?

Yes: Having a prolapsed uterus will not affect one’s ability to dilate while in labor. If you feel you have uterine prolapse make sure your obgyn is aware and has done an exam to confirm it. Depending on the obgyn’s findings there may be ways to fix it before or after pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can exercise by running cause cervix to dilate ? Can running or any type of exercise cause early labor ?

Can exercise by running cause cervix to dilate ? Can running or any type of exercise  cause early labor ?

Sometimes...: Without knowing more about you, such as your gestational age, and pregnancy history, I can only give you a partial answer: Yes, in some situations, running or exercise can cause pre-term labor and cervical dilation. You need to ask your Ob about your specific case. Frequently its ok to exercise. ...Read more

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Is it more likely for your cervix to thin and dilate quicker with 4 pregnancy ? First 3 all normal and successful

Good question: That's such a good question, and the answer is complicated. In my experience, women who had a lot of deliveries oftentimes the cervix will be the same for weeks on end and then will change suddenly. That is, labor when it comes causes rapid changes to the cervix. I'm like a woman's first delivery where the change is more methodical. ...Read more

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Does it take a slanted cervix longer to dilate?

Does it take a slanted cervix longer to dilate?

No connection: There is no known evidence that a slanted cervix takes longer to dilate. ...Read more

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Does your cervix dilate during your period?

Cervix and period: The cervix will open very slightly while a woman is on her period. It is nothing close to the amount of dilation that happens during labor. ...Read more

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I am pregnant from 39 weeks.How can I enlarge or dilate the cervix for an easier delivery?

I am pregnant from 39 weeks.How can I enlarge or dilate the cervix for an easier delivery?

Unproven techniques.: Some midwives recommend a large bouncing ball to achieve cervical ripening at term. Others do a vigorous cervical examination (stripping of the amniotic membranes) or offer nipple stimulation as an alternative. My approach to all those techniques is the same: unproven benefit and possible fetal risks do not justify using any of those options. Nature will take care of cervical ripening for you. ...Read more

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Is it the motion of sex or the progestaglands in the sperm that cause cervix to rippen/dilate?

Is it the motion of sex or the progestaglands in the sperm that cause cervix to rippen/dilate?

No: Internal Process: Cervical ripening results from a series of complex biochemical processes that ends with rearrangement and realignment of the collagen molecules. A variety of hormones stimulate the chemical reactions critical for cervical ripening: prostaglandin e2 and f2, nitric oxide, tnf, il-1, il-8, matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 and others. This is an internal process independent of sperm, motion, and sex. ...Read more

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What are the reason that during dilation and curretage the cervix wont open up? Is that dangerous?

What are the reason that during dilation and curretage the cervix wont open up? Is that dangerous?

Unclear: It would be unusual for a cervix to be unable to be dilated during a d;c under anesthesia. Scarring from a prior surgical procedure or a congenital anomaly may contribute to this problem, but this is rare. If a surgeon has difficulty with the dilation it conceivably could increase risk of complications such as uterine perforation, trauma to the cervix, etc. I advise discussing w/ your gyn. ...Read more