Cervical Incompetence

It is also known as cervical insufficiency, which occurs when a very weak cervical tissue leads to premature birth. Normally before pregnancy, the cervix (lower part of the uterus) is closed. During pregnancy, the cervix softens and opens. In cervical incompetence, the cervix opens very soon, thus leading to early delivery.

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Why did I have preterm labor?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a premature pregnancy in the 6th month. That was my first pregnancy. Suddenly, I had a stomach pain in the lower side and no other symptoms were found. We visited our doctor and she said that the cervix started to open slightly. I got severe pain, some medicines were given that nigh...  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rubella or CMV infections (cytomegalovirus) generally do not cause midtrimester abortion, so are very less likely to be causative in your case.Rubella and CMV IgG values indicate that you have immunity to those infections and they likely had occurred in the remote past an...  Read Full »

I have been getting a burning feeling in the back of my head for the last two weeks. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been getting a burning feeling in the back of my head for the last two weeks. It goes away as fast as it comes. But, when it happens, it is like, ouch, what was that? It just started, and it is getting worried because I have never had it before.  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any burning sensation in the body is caused due to nerve involvement. The nerve supplying to the back of the head is getting irritated or compressed somewhere in its course and causing you that sensation. Low levels of vitamin B12 in the body cause nerve irritations,...  Read Full »

How important is cervical length in pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 15 weeks pregnant. I have a history of miscarriage in my previous pregnancy, as my cervix was open early at 19 weeks. My cervix length is 3.5 centimeters now, and I am monitored by ultrasound every two weeks. My physician said that cervical cerclage is needed only if the cervical le...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Do not worry. Your doctor has suggested and put you on the right course of action. Cervix length of less than 2.5 cm causes preterm deliveries. It takes around ten to fourteen days for the cervical length to change; hence the advice ...  Read Full »

Please tell me the dos and don'ts after cervical cerclage.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 110 days pregnant. When we took scan in the 13th week, the report showed that the uterus is open. They said it as cervical incompetence and immediately advised operation for cervical suturing treatment. I need a second opinion regarding this. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the ultrasound shows your cervix is open, then you need to follow the doctor's advice and get the stitching done. Otherwise, there is a very high chance of losing the pregnancy. It is a minor short procedure done under anesthesia and you will need to be admitted for on...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take bed rest for soft cervix during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 31 years and weight is 65 kg. I have 4 years 3 months old son. In my first pregnancy, I did not have any complications until my delivery date. Regarding my cervical length or cervix softness, no other issues. My delivery type was C-section first time. Now I am five months pre...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? I do not see any reason for rest. What your doctor is worried is about cervical insufficiency or incompetence. This condition can be diagnosed only by seeing a cervical length of less than 2.5 cm with funneling of the internal OS (internal orifice) or...  Read Full »

Should I go for a cervical cerclage during my next pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I need your opinion regarding my future pregnancy. Five years ago, I gave birth to my son and had to have an emergency C-section. The doctor's report read 'upon entering the abdominal cavity, the patient was found to have a large uterine window consistent with a uterine rupture. Howeve...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? You can definitely have a baby. The spontaneous tear in the uterus could be due to multiparity, baby weight of greater than 4.5 kg, vaginal manipulations during labor, prolonged labor or excessive and uncontrolled use of oxytocin infusion. The cervix...  Read Full »

All my pregnancies ended preterm. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,I gave birth to three babies at 27, 28 and 29 weeks. What is causing me to repeat giving birth to premature babies?  Read Full »

Dr. Tara Devi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you pregnant now, if so how many weeks? There are various reasons for preterm delivery. Recurrent preterm delivery can be seen in uterine anomalies, intrauterine infection, cervical incompetence, and tobacco use. Being underweight and young maternal age is importan...  Read Full »

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