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Doctor insights on: Remedies For Cervical Dilation

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias Dr. Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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What exactly is cervical dilation? Can more light be shed on this for clearer understanding? Thanks

What exactly is cervical dilation? Can more light be shed on this for clearer understanding? Thanks

Cervical opening.: The cervix is the lower-most part of the maternal womb; the fetus has to pass through the cervix to achieve vaginal delivery. When labor starts, the contractions result in opening and softening of the cervix - slowly at first and rapidly later. The attached visual guide should give the uninitiated a sense of how much the cervix has to open for the fetal head to deliver.

Cervix Dilated (Definition)

Cervix fully dilated is the normal condition during labor in which a woman's cervix has become fully dilated. The cervix begins as a closed (not dilated) cervix. Then, as the contractions squeeze the baby against the cervix, the cervix begins to dilate (dilated a bit). Later, after more contractions, the cervix becomes moderately dilated (the opening of the cervix is moderate big). Finally, the cervix is fully dilated, and the baby can start going through the ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Sudler Dr. Sudler
Obstetrics & Gynecology
36 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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I read that abortion requires cervical dilation. How do they do it?

I read that abortion requires cervical dilation. How do they do it?

Gradually: A series of metal rods of increasing diameter are inserted through the cervix to gently stretch and widen the opening.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal Dr. Mendizabal
Internal Medicine
51 years in practice
Greater Bolivian University of San Andres
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Dr. Roger Duvivier Dr. Duvivier
Obstetrics & Gynecology
43 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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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.

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Dr. Wendy Askew Dr. Askew
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it normal to feel cervical dilation during mensuration? I feel as if I'm dilated followed my cramping in the vaginal and buttock area.

Is it normal to feel cervical dilation during mensuration? I feel as if I'm dilated followed my cramping in the vaginal and buttock area.

Hard to tell: B/c of how the nerves to the pelvic organs work, it's hard to tell if the cervix is really dilating (it shouldn't dilate much at all, just enough to let blood or clots out), but the pain can definitely "refer" to the vagina and buttocks/rectum. Ibuprofen usually helps, and if this is a regular problem with all your periods, birth control pills may help decrease this pain a lot.

Dr. Jeff Lin Dr. Lin
Gynecology - Oncology
10 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have just had a cervical dilation in preparation for frozen embryo transfer, will taking extra estrogen prescribed, mess with my period due date?

I have just had a cervical dilation in preparation for frozen embryo transfer, will taking extra estrogen prescribed, mess with my period due date?

Yes, but: If the transfer is successful, your period will not be due for another 40 weeks or so from now... =)

Dr. Mary David Dr. David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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My SIL is preggo with twins, 22 to 24 wks. Cervix dilated 2.6cms. Doctor given some tablet to insert down there every day. What's consequences of dilation

My SIL is preggo with twins, 22 to 24 wks. Cervix dilated 2.6cms. Doctor given some tablet to insert down there every day. What's consequences of dilation

Prematurity: The greatest concern is of course a premature delivery. There are also some concerns about possible infections or rupture of membranes. Every week in utero makes a hugh difference in the chances for 2 healthy babies at this point. Best wishes for all.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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'.

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Dr. Leto Quarles Dr. Quarles
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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How is the cervix dilated for placement of a iud?

How is the cervix dilated for placement of a iud?

Small instrument: An iud folds up for insertion, so the cervix does not have to be dilated very wide (only about 3-4mm). In some women who have given birth before, it is sometimes not even necessary to dilate the cervix to get the iud properly placed. If dilation is needed, a small, sterile instrument with a rounded tip is used; sometimes injecting a local anesthetic is sufficient to relax the cervix open enough.

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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My daughter is due on 3 days from today and is 5 CM cervix dilated but has no pain yet. Does this mean that she is going to deliver within 24 hours?

My daughter is due on 3 days from today and is 5 CM cervix dilated but has no pain yet. Does this mean that she is going to deliver within 24 hours?

Not Necessarily: There is no way to know for sure. Each situation is different. Sometimes the dilatation means soon, sometimes not. Good luck!

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Is the cervix dilated when you are on your period?

Is the cervix dilated when you are on your period?

CERVIX DILATED/PERI: During menstruation cervix sreches opens alittle to shed the endometrium, it is not dilated like misscariage or child birth when it can be fully dilated.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Is your cervix dilated naturally when you are on your period?

Yes: During the menstrual flow with or without cramping the cervical opening is slightly dilated at that time except in patients with cervical stenosis (blockage) and blood then "backs up" into the uterus with severe cramping. To allow blood extrusion.

Dr. Richard Chudacoff Dr. Chudacoff
Obstetrics & Gynecology
28 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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What are some ideas to get your mind off getting your cervix dilated?

What are some ideas to get your mind off getting your cervix dilated?

Two things: What is the purpose of the belly button? Why do kiwis have such a strange covering and can you eat it? Actually, I am being facetious, there is not much in the way of getting your mind off those things you are dwelling about. Try yoga breathing, positive thoughts. That might work.

Dr. Geoffrey Schnider Dr. Schnider
Obstetrics & Gynecology
43 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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What does it feel like to have your cervix dilated before mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion?

What does it feel like to have your cervix dilated before mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion: Cervical dilatation usually unnecessary. If never had a baby, taking 400mcg Cytotec (misoprostol) 4-6 hours before, facilitates insertion and dilatation rarely required. I have never needed to dilate anyone for this.

Dr. Liesa Harte Dr. Harte
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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I was to have my cervix dilated for a 2nd time for hematometra but ended up bleeding. I shoveled heavy snow days prior. Shoveling released blood?

I was to have my cervix dilated for a 2nd time for hematometra but ended up bleeding. I shoveled heavy snow days prior. Shoveling released blood?

Bleeding: Heavy activity can cause increased risk of bleeding in certain circumstances. It sounds reasonable. Why were you having your cervix dilated?

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Dr. Laurel Walton Dr. Walton
Obstetrics & Gynecology
31 years in practice
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In my pregnancies, my cervix dilated early. I was put on bedrest at 30weeks the first time and then 28. Why did that happen? Is there a name for this?

In my pregnancies, my cervix dilated early. I was put on bedrest at 30weeks the first time and then 28. Why did that happen? Is there a name for this?

Cervical insufficien: There are many thoughts to why an individual may have cervical insufficiency. The highest risk for this is reoccurance

Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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30wks+4dayspregnant on strict hospital br unmeasurable cervix dilated 1cm fully effaced with funneling may be sent home @32 weeks bad idea to send home?

30wks+4dayspregnant on strict hospital br unmeasurable cervix dilated 1cm fully effaced with funneling may be sent home @32 weeks bad idea to send home?

Not necessarily: New data has shown us that women in your situation do not need to be hospitalized long term. In fact, hospitalization can cause other problems (like blood clots or hospital acquired infections). If you're doctor sends you home, it's likely that he/she knows you'll do okay. If your water breaks or you start to have contractions, of course you'll head straight back. Good luck!

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu Dr. Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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I am 22 weeks pregnant with my cervix dilated. Dr wants surgery I am scared for baby. How safe is it?

I am 22 weeks pregnant with my cervix dilated. Dr wants surgery I am scared for baby. How safe is it?

Depends: It all depends of the findings. If your doctor recommended the procedure, cerclage I presume, it s because he thinks the advantages outweights the risks. Discuss with him or her your fears and make a proper decision.

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Cervical Dilation (Definition)

When your cervix is fully dilated, your doctor gives you the OK to push. Propelled by your effort and the force of your contractions, the baby makes his way through the birth canal. The fontanels -- soft spots -- on his head allow it to mold to the shape of this narrow passage. Your baby's head "crowns" when the widest part of it is ...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