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What is incompetent cervix?

What is  incompetent cervix?

Opening 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 (incompetent), there is risk of preterm delivery, hence concerning for incompetent cervix. Hope that helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cervix (Definition)

The uterine cervix is the opening of the ...Read more


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How is the cervix dilated?

How is the cervix dilated?

Contractions: The contracting smooth muscle of the uterus applies a downward force on the opening of the fibrous tissue of the cervix causing it to expand and "dilate'. ...Read more

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What is a "weak uterus" or incompetent cervix?

Incompetent cx: If you have this, your doctor should have fully explained it to you already. It is where the cervix opens up too soon, anytime usually after 16 weeks and you lose the pregnancy. It can be diagnosed by an ultrasound before it happens and if you do have incompetent cx., a stitch can be placed by a competent obgyn to keep teh cervix closed and you will have to modify your activity and be monitored. ...Read more

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What is the cervix?

Opening to womb: It is the lower, narrow portion of the uterus (womb) where it joins with the top end of the vagina. It is the area where cells are obtained during a pap smear to aide in screening for cervical cancer. ...Read more

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What is cervidil?

What is cervidil?

Cervidil: Is a vaginal insert approved to start and/or continue the ripening of the cervix in pregnant women who are at or near the time of delivery and in whom there is a medical reason for inducing (bringing on) labor. ...Read more

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Does bleeding during pregnancy mean the cervix is slightly open?

Does bleeding during pregnancy mean the cervix is slightly open?

Vag bleeding/preg: No- could be closed or open. You need to be examined buy doc. ...Read more

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Is 1.5cm dilation at 22 weeks pregnancy is Cervical incompetency? usually heard that cervical dilation at 20-50mm is incompetent. what is true?

Controversial topic: Premature cervical changes(dilatation,shortening, funneling,softening...) are difficult to measure and to interpret.Sonographic or clinical exams of your cervix are very variable, very subjective, not accurate nor reliable predictors of premature labor or preterm delivery. Consult a knowledgeable MFM doctor regarding accepted criteria for "cervical insufficiency". Your risks at 22wks.seem small. ...Read more

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8wks preg.feel cervix low when insert progesterone.sonogram showed 4.5cm long cervix.is it length of space between vagina and cervix or what length?

Cervical length: Cervical length is measured from the beginning of the cervix in the vagina until the junction of the body of the uterus.(Internal os or opening) ...Read more

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If cervical canal length at 11weeks of gestation is 20mm and internal os dilatation is 8mm, measured by abdom.US, does this require cervical cerclage?

If cervical canal length at 11weeks of gestation is 20mm and internal os dilatation is 8mm, measured by abdom.US, does this require cervical cerclage?

Need transvag u/s: Possibly. You should have a transvaginal ultrasound and see an MFM (high risk pregnancy dr.) if you haven't done so. You may benefit from a cerclage. Cerclage is most beneficial if done by the end of the first trimester. I see this is your only pregnancy. Best of luck and keep us posted. ...Read more

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Is cervical polyp during pregnancy painful?

Is cervical polyp during pregnancy painful?

Rarely: I have never seen a cervical polyp cause pain, but i suppose there could be first time. It will probably come off during the delivery. ...Read more

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What is arcuate uterus?

What is arcuate uterus?

Heart shaped: Arcuate uterus is heart-shaped rather than pear-shaped. It's a minor malformation from development when you were an embryo. It usually doesn't cause any problem but your gyn should look for other related issues like endometriosis. ...Read more

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29wks pregnant with incompetent cervix and emergent cervical cerclage.CL is 20mm.is that length mucus plug enough to protect from ascending bacteria?

29wks pregnant with incompetent cervix and emergent cervical cerclage.CL is 20mm.is that length mucus plug enough to protect from ascending bacteria?

Cerclage: With certain Cerclage placement the cervical mucus should remain in tact. Therefore believe that you have nothing to worry about but need routine checkups concerning your cerclage ...Read more

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Preterm labor concerns. They said my cervix is shortened?

High risk of PTL: Short cervix can increase the risk of preterm labor and delivery. There is treatment that can decrease the risk. Discuss the management of preterm delivery with your physician. ...Read more

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Placenta:posterior,dipping to the lower uterine segment os grade "o" maturity is it safe?

Placenta:posterior,dipping to the lower uterine segment os grade "o" maturity is it safe?

Yes: As long as the placenta does not dip down so low as to block the cervix (a placenta previa) this is not a problem. Grade 0 simply means that the placenta is still immature which is what is expected. Increased placental maturity too early is potentially a problem. ...Read more

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Endomidium is coming through cervix how is this fixed?

Unclear: It is to clear what you are referring to here. During the menstrual cycle the endometrial lining is shed through the opening of the cervix. I would clarify the doctor who gave you this diagnosis and clarify what was meant. ...Read more