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What does having a short cervix mean?

What does having a short cervix mean?

How short?: Short cervix only matters when it comes to pregnancy. If cervix is < than 2.5 cm long, there is increased risk of prematurity. Your OB can check for funneling of membranes into cervix early on, and after 24wks, do a test called fetal fibronectin. If this is positive and you have short cervix, your risk of prematurity is much higher, and your doctor may want to implement steps to reduce risk. ...Read more

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Short Cervix (Definition)

Cervical insufficiency, or cervical incompetence, is a condition where the cervix begins to dilate (open wider) or efface (become thinner) before the baby has reached full term. This may occur in the absence of uterine contractions, and may cause ...Read more


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I'm 35 weeks pregnant and was told I have a short cervix what does this mean?

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and was told I have a short cervix what does this mean?

Short Cervix: The cervix is the passage way where the baby travels from the uterus to the vagina when being delivered. The longer the cervix, the longer the baby has to travel, which may mean longer labor before the baby is delivered. Thus when the cervix is short there is unfortunately an increased risk of premature delivery and your doctor may recommend increased bed rest in the next few weeks before delivery ...Read more

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What are the tests for short cervix?

What are the tests for short cervix?

2 ways: This can be detected either by a manual exam or sonogram measurements. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a short cervix?

Usually none.: Short cervix is generally noted on prenatal sonogram without maternal symptoms. Vaginal Progesterone may help in some of these cases. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was diagnosed with a short cervix.?

What do you advise if i was diagnosed with a short cervix.?

Depends: The only time that would be an issue is during pregnancy. During pregnancy a woman who is known to have a short cervix should be followed closely for the development of an incompetent cervix - that is usually accomplished by performing serial trans-vaginal ultrasound measurements of the cervix and allows for considering a cervical cerclage if the cervix is found to be shortening further. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for short cervix?

Depends: If you are pregnant with a short cervix, your doctor may recommend a cerclage which is a stitch placed around the cervix to strengthen it and hopefully prevent early dilation. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a weak or short cervix?

What sort of disease is a weak or short cervix?

Depends: Sometimes the cervix is just that way naturally. Sometimes it has been changed by surgical rpocedures. A short or weakened cervix is concerning for retaining a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Short cervix, help please. Too late for stitch?

Maybe.: Cerclage is a reasonable option only in a few cases with a previous preterm delivery and a currently extremely short cervix (<1-2 cm). Progesterone is a more safe and effective option. ...Read more

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Is it recommended for woman who have a short cervix to get cerclage?

Is it recommended for woman who have a short cervix to get cerclage?

Your O.B.'s decision: Cervical cerclage ('putting a string around the cervix) in order to prevent 2nd/3rd trimester pregnancy loss is a clinical decision usually based upon history of prior early pregnancy losse(s). You must decide if the cerclage procedure (w/ low complication rate) is worth the risk or the risk of losing the baby is greater. Congrats on the baby! ...Read more

Cervix (Definition)

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