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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. ...Read more

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


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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I've dilated to 1 cm and my cervix has softned. Would it hurt for me to take 2 tablespoons of castor oil? Just to speed things up

I've dilated to 1 cm and my cervix has softned. Would it hurt for me to take 2 tablespoons of castor oil? Just to speed things up

You are 17 years old: - we don't know your pregnancy history or how many weeks of pregnancy you are at. Please, please don't get information on managing your pregnancy via a health information site. PLEASE talk to both your parents and your doctor before you take any steps one way or another. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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?

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

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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38 weeks and 4 days. Had dr apt 3 hrs ago and he checked cervix dilated 2cm effaced 50%.having contractions since he checked me. Could this cause labor?

38 weeks and 4 days. Had dr apt 3 hrs ago and he checked cervix dilated 2cm effaced 50%.having contractions since he checked me. Could this cause labor?

Cervical Check: Yes, a cervical check can stimulate contractions and labor. It is a good idea for you to contact your doctor for instructions or go to labor and deliver for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is my cervix dilated if I am not pregnant and been having periods for two months?

Why is my cervix dilated if I am not pregnant and been having periods for two months?

That can vary: & is not a reliable test to determine pregnancy. If you have concerns that the bleeding did not represent actual periods then you can take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I am going to have my cervix dilated for a 2nd time due to backed up blood in uterus again. What tests can be done to find out why the cervix closed?

I am going to have my cervix dilated for a 2nd time due to backed up blood in uterus again. What tests can be done to find out why the cervix closed?

Prob cant: Cervical stenosis and resulting hematometra is pretty rare. Your medical history will give the most clues (previous surgeries, infections, hormonal status). ...Read more

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Is there a way to undo the dilation to my pupils after speed?

Is there a way to undo the dilation to my pupils after speed?

Nope: The easy answer is don't do speed! However, in answer to your question, just wait for it to clear out of your blood. ...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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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