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What is an incompetent cervix?

Hey, you… I thought I should write this piece of enlightenment. I must add that it might be triggering for some…

To be honest, it is sad that some ladies start to blame themselves for the loss of their pregnancy. In my opinion it is a complete myth to say that loose vaginal muscles cause not only miscarriages but infertility problems.


Women feeling that their vagina is loose causes infertility brings me to tears on a daily basis.


This has brought me to tears and thought maybe I can share something that could benefit all of us or that of our loved ones


The loss of a baby or pregnancy is one of the most devastating things you can go through. It’s very nearly as bad as those difficult words “We’re so sorry there is no heartbeat.” It’s so very sad, yet I have found that most Doctors are not supportive in these situations. You are left to deal with this alone wondering what you could have done differently.


One of the causes of miscarriages that I would like to talk about today is when one has an “incompetent cervix” so that you can spot this at an early stage and maybe try and get help that will be able to save the baby.


What is an incompetent cervix?


An incompetent cervix, also called a cervical insufficiency, occurs when weak cervical tissue causes or contributes to premature birth or the loss of an otherwise healthy pregnancy.

If you have an incompetent cervix, your cervix might begin to open too soon — causing you to give birth too early.


An incompetent cervix can be difficult to diagnose and treat. If your cervix begins to open early, or you have a history of cervical insufficiency, your doctor might recommend preventive medication during pregnancy, frequent ultrasounds or a procedure that closes the cervix with strong sutures (cervical cerclage).


What are the symptoms?

If you have an incompetent cervix, you may not have any signs or symptoms during early pregnancy. Some women have mild discomfort or spotting over the course of several days or weeks starting between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Be on the lookout for:

  • A sensation of pelvic pressure
  • A new backache
  • Mild abdominal cramps
  • A change in vaginal discharge
  • Light vaginal bleeding

What could be done to prevent it?

You can't prevent an incompetent cervix — but there's much you can do to promote a healthy, full-term pregnancy. For example:

  • Seek regular prenatal care. Prenatal visits can help your doctor monitor your health and your baby's health. Mention any signs or symptoms that concern you, even if they seem silly or unimportant.
  • Eat a healthy diet. During pregnancy, you'll need more folic acid, calcium, iron and other essential nutrients. A daily prenatal vitamin — ideally starting a few months before conception — can help fill any dietary gaps.
  • Gain weight wisely. Gaining the right amount of weight can support your baby's health. A weight gain about 11 to 16 kilograms is often recommended for women who have a healthy weight before pregnancy.
  • Avoid risky substances. If you smoke, quit. Alcohol and illegal drugs are off-limits, too. In addition, get your doctor's OK before taking any medications or supplements — even those available over-the-counter.

If you've had an incompetent cervix during one pregnancy, you're at risk of premature birth or pregnancy loss in later pregnancies. If you're considering getting pregnant again, talk with your doctor to understand the risks and what you can do to promote a healthy pregnancy.

Also talk to your doctor about cervical cerclage, also known as a cervical stitch, is a procedure done during pregnancy in which your doctor will sew your cervix closed. The cervix is a funnel-shaped tissue that opens during childbirth so the baby can move out of the uterus and through the vagina.

I hope you found this as informative as I did.

Kgomotso S

WhatsApp me on 065 225 2525 for a chat

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  • Posted on Flora

    Thank you so much sis K, I found this very informative and very helpful because m also suffering incompetent cervix and having recurrent miscarriages.

  • Posted on Ofentsr

    Oh today I’ve learned something now i know my problem

  • Posted on Rose Mohlala

    Thanks a lot for helping us and the blog it really make me understand better .

  • Posted on Rose Mohlala

    Thanks a lot for helping us and the blog it really make me understand better .

  • Posted on Oscah

    Thanks for the advice cz I was wondering what was the problem cz doctor was telling me about my problem

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