Episode 135 Content and Overview
Your cervix is the lower part of your uterus that opens to your vagina. The length of your cervix changes as your pregnancy progresses and naturally shortens as you approach the birth of your baby. In addition to our cervix shortening, when you are in labor your cervix dilates or opens and effaces or thins to allow your baby to pass through during birth. If your cervix is weak it could open up early and cause preterm birth or a late term miscarriage. In the medical community this is referred to as an incompetent cervix. In some cases a surgical procedure, called a cervical cerclage, is recommended. As with any surgical procedure there are benefits and risks you should be aware of. This episode breaks down when a cervical cerclage is evidence based and the risks and benefits of the procedure for you and your baby.
Included in This Episode
- Your cervix during pregnancy and birth
- Reference range of the weekly uterine cervical length at 8 to 38 weeks of gestation in the center of Iran
- What is an incompetent cervix?
- Causes of an incompetent cervix
- Prevalence of incompetent cervix
- Cervical cerclage
- Optimal timing for a cerclage
- 3 types of cerclages
- Abdominal cerclage
- Risks of a cervical cerclage
- Cervical stitch (cerclage) for preventing preterm birth in singleton pregnancy
- ACOG Cerclage for the Management of Cervical Insufficiency
- Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Cervical Insufficiency and Cervical Cerclage
- Before and after the procedure
- Having a cerclage removed
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