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Should my cervix have been measured prior to getting pregnant to avoid complications of an incompetent cervix?

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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Rare condition

True cervical incompetence is a rare condition.
And measuring cervical length by ultrasound is silly when it is as simple as a pelvic exam to assess the cervix. But it's a "sign of the times" of depending too much on technology which then causes needless worry and further interventions in many cases.

In brief: Rare condition

True cervical incompetence is a rare condition.
And measuring cervical length by ultrasound is silly when it is as simple as a pelvic exam to assess the cervix. But it's a "sign of the times" of depending too much on technology which then causes needless worry and further interventions in many cases.
Dr. Timothy Gorski
Dr. Timothy Gorski
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Dr. Roy Bergstrom
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

Some might argue that checking for a short cervix prior to pregnancy would alert one to possible problems with incompetent cervix.
The cervix changes so much in pregnancy that one can get a false sense of security if early measurements are nl. It is our practice to check a cervical length at the first trimester screening ultrasound. If the measurement is <2.5cm then treatment is discussed.

In brief: No

Some might argue that checking for a short cervix prior to pregnancy would alert one to possible problems with incompetent cervix.
The cervix changes so much in pregnancy that one can get a false sense of security if early measurements are nl. It is our practice to check a cervical length at the first trimester screening ultrasound. If the measurement is <2.5cm then treatment is discussed.
Dr. Roy Bergstrom
Dr. Roy Bergstrom
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