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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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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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Cervix (Definition)

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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I'm contracting but my cervix isn't changing. How can I help my cervix dilate. I'm 39.5 weeks along. Only 1 CM but i continue to have contractions.

I'm contracting but my cervix isn't changing. How can I help my cervix dilate. I'm 39.5 weeks along. Only 1 CM but i continue to have contractions.

Braxton Hicks: The contractions(braxton hicks) that you are experiencing are the warm up for the concert that will soon begin. When actual progressive labor begins, your cervix will dilate an there is nothing that you can do to alter those events. 'if the apple is ripe, it will fall off the tree'. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Leon Baginski
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What methods can I do to induce my labor or help the dilation since my cervix is soft and thin? I don't want to be induced?

Strip membranes: Intercourse was felt to increase the chance of labor but a recent study calls that into question. The only other way is having your OB provider strip your membranes during a visit to the office, but even that is hit or miss. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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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 etc). Oxytocin infusion can also help dilate the cervix to trigger labor. ...Read more

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Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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Dr. Paula Hillard
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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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