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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 17:43 PM   1
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Incompetent cervix - how do you know you're at risk? What are the signs?


Hey ladies, I've been reading a little about incompetent cervix, which I've wondered for a while if I might have. I have mentioned it to my midwife, and at my scans and it's been dismissed each time.

Basically, unless you've had a late loss, they won't even check you for it. So rather than just doing the scan for me now, they'd rather I lose the baby and they'll check next time?!?!?!

Anyway, I'm sure I don't have it and I'm just being paranoid, but I thought someone with experience or who knows a bit more could reassure me...

I have had a colposcopy a couple of years ago.

I have had brown spotting since week 9 and also loads of cervix pains, most days.

Are there signs that could give you an early warning?

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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 17:49 PM   2
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your MW should be taking your worries seriously. i would book an appointment to see my GP and refuse to leave until it was properly checked out. i too had a colposcopy and biopsy last year - and it has been a worry at the back of my mind, but i don't have the symptoms you do. be forceful! x



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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 17:57 PM   3
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Thank you Ruby, I have been for 2 extra scans because of the spotting, they can't see what's causing it but they just won't check the cervix?! I don't even know if spotting is a sign of incompetent cervix or not...

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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 18:00 PM   4
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I went into preterm labour with my son due to IC. Sadly, it took losing a baby to realise I have this condition. I can't pin point signs and symptoms of IC, but I do remember having sharp period like pain in my abdomen in first tri. Eventually they went away and they only returned when I was in labour. Never had spotting though.

Right now I have a stitch in place to prevent a repeated episode.
I’m not necessariy saying you have IC, but if you are worried that you might, I would strongly push for a test. Better safe than sorry hun.



 
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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 18:02 PM   5
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Thanks hun - I'm sorry for your loss

I think I will call the midwife and push it. I don't want to regret not being more forceful.

I just realised I spelled the title wrong will change it now!

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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 18:37 PM   6
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I'm scheduled a pre-term labour risk scan at 23 weeks - is that the same as what you mean? I was told they do a scan and measure the length of the cervix or something like that. It's routine in my area and I'm not sure whether to have it or not as my last 2 pregnancies went 10 days and 13 days over so I really don't think I'm at risk. Then again, better safe than sorry. (hope that doesn't read as insensitive to anyone as it's not meant to be)

If you're worried then definately push for it, if some areas can do it as routine then surely all should at least take it seriously? Good luck x x

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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 18:42 PM   7
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That's great they do it routinely, I'd definitely have it even if you think your risk is low... Sounds like that's the type of scan I need.

We def don't get that scan here... But I agree if it's standard in some areas then yes other areas should at least offer it if requested...

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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 19:11 PM   8
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Most doctors won't really test for it unless there's a reason. I never was tested for it with DS, but my midwife has been keeping an eye on my cervix this time around as I had a LEEP and there's a chance that my cervix may become incompetent. Usually, your doc can tell just by checking your cervix whether it's shortening or not, or whether your cervix is changing (effacing or dilating) too early. I actually had a scan to measure my cervix because of the LEEP but my midwife had told me that I probably didn't have anything to worry about beforehand since every time she's checked my cervix it was long and closed.

They say you may have some spotting, but I don't know of any definite signs or symptoms. However, if you're having cramping or pressure low down in your belly then I'd call your doctor...my midwife told me that that could be a sign of your cervix dilating and preterm labor.

Hopefully, your doc will put your mind at ease by at least checking your cervix.



 
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Whats a LEEP? x



 
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