How Can You Be Dilated On OUTSIDE And Not INSIDE Of Cervix

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Hannah - February 2

Hi, I was told my cervix is dilated on the outside and not on the inside? HOw could that be? My doc did not explain this to me at all just said it was not a concern. I am trying to google this and cant find anything. Any ideas? Thanks!

 

L - February 2

Physically speaking the cervix is a tube and not a thin door-like structure. When you think of it this way, it is possible for one part of the tube to be relaxed while the other end is tightly closed. As for the physiological reason why this happened to you, I can not say.

 

Lindsay - February 2

hannah, this happens to a lot of people. Its the inside part that matters as far as dialation is concerned. L is right, the cervix is a tube, usually 3 to 4 inches in length. To have a birth it shortens in length (thins out) and dialates. Sometimes some dialation takes place first before shortening and thats when you have one end closed and the other open.

 

Hannah - February 3

Thanks, Ladies, Lindsay, I am only 29 weeks, this is why I am concerned... I thought cervix should not be open at all this early. Also, what is a healthy cervix lenght? Mine is 3.75, I wonder what that means?

 

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