How common are incompetent cervix?

Very uncommon. The incidence of incompetent cervix is well less than 1%. When suspected, the norm is for serial trans-vaginal ultrasound measurements of the cervix, usually starting at about 10 or 12 weeks of pregnancy. If incompetent cervix is detected, then a cerclage can be considered.

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What's the outcome of incompetent cervix?

Preterm birth. The real risk of an incompetent cervix is as it relates to future pregnancies. An incompetent cervix can result from various causes but basically it causes the cervix to dilate easily which puts women at high risk for preterm labor and delivery . If this problem is discovered early doctors may put a stitch in the cervix called a cerclage to make the cervix stronger to prevent early delivery. Read more...
Cervical incompetenc. Loss of pregnancy. Can put a "purse string suture in (cerclage). This often works to hold the pregnancy, but also often fails. Read more...

How do you know you have an incompetent cervix?

Repeated losses. Repeated pregnancy losses in 2nd trimaster painless bleeding and spontaneous termination repeatedly. Read more...

How would I know if I had an incompetent cervix?

Previous 2nd TM loss. An incompetent cervix is usually diagnosed after a second trimester loss where the cervix dilates before the onset of labor or contractions. Sometimes it is diagnosed during pregnancy by seeing shortening of the cervix or beaking of the membranes into the cervix on ultrasound. Read more...
Diagnosis with loss. Unfortunately most women don't know that they have an incompetent cervix until they experience a late miscarriage. Sometimes we discover cervical shortening on ultrasound that can clue us in before a loss occurs, but that is not typical. Read more...

What can I expect if I have an incompetent cervix?

Close surveillance. There are many ways of managing a patient with a history of incompetent cervix. Some women may receive a cerclage or a stitch around their cervix. You may be placed on bedrest or modified activity. Some women receive vaginal Progesterone suppositories or injections. Some women have frequent sonograms to measure their cervical length. Read more...

How do you know if you have an incompetent cervix?

Painless early deliv. Painless midtrimester delivery is a typical definition of incompetent cervix. More modern definitions rely increasingly on sonographic features before preterm birth, such as a very short cervical length (<15 mm by transvaginal sonography) in asymptomatic women. If you are diagnosed with incompetent cervix, vaginal Progesterone and possibly cervical cerclage could help you carry a pregnancy 2 term. Read more...