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What causes women to need a cervical cerclage?

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Your doctor may suggest the procedure if:

  • You have a history of second-trimester pregnancy loss with painless dilation of the cervix.
  • You had a cervical cerclage during a previous pregnancy.
  • Your cervix starts to open in your second trimester with painless dilation of the cervix.
  • You’ve given birth before 34 weeks of pregnancy and you’ve had a short cervical length before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

From: What Is Cervical Cerclage? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cervical Cerclage,” “Pelvic Exam.”

March of Dimes: “Ultrasound During Pregnancy.”

International Anesthesia Research Society: “Cervical Cerclage: Anesthesia Management.”

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: “Regional Anesthesia for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cervical Cerclage,” “Pelvic Exam.”

March of Dimes: “Ultrasound During Pregnancy.”

International Anesthesia Research Society: “Cervical Cerclage: Anesthesia Management.”

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: “Regional Anesthesia for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 20, 2018

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