A few weeks ago, a friend rang me up and told me that her doctor had just called her cervix incompetent. Here is how our conversation went.
Me: Long time I have missed you.
Friend: (Sounding bored) Well, yeah, been busy
Me: Are you okay?
Friend: Actually, the doctor I am seeing just called my cervix incompetent
Me: Oooh, I um…..
Friend: I will sue him. How can he talk like that? Is that even professional?
Me: Haha haa haaaa
Friend: ( Hangs up).
An incompetent cervix is one that opens prematurely under the pressure of the growing fetus and results in early second trimester miscarriages.
Causes of cervical incompetence include:
1. Genetic weakness of the cervix
2. Severe laceration during previous pregnancies
3. Multiple gestation (twin, triplet, etc)
People with cervical incompetence normally experience multiple pregnancy losses all which occur in the second trimester of pregnancy.
The treatment usually involves placement of a cervical stitch (MC Donald’s stitch) that closes the cervix and prevents it from opening usually from the 12th to the 16th weeks of pregnancy
Your doctor will need you to abstain from sex if you have a MC Donald’s stitch in place till delivery.
People with MC stitch can still deliver vaginally except, the stitch will need to be removed before delivery or any time after the 37th week of pregnancy.