If you have an insufficient cervix, your health care provider will likely suggest [bedrest-60-NEW]. During bed rest, you will be advised not to have sex. Do not use tampons, and especially do not douche (which is absolutely never ok during pregnancy and is not recommended at any other time either).
Your health care provider may suggest you have a cerclage. This is a surgery to treat an insufficient cervix. During a cerclage:
Your cervix will be stitched closed with a strong thread for the whole pregnancy.
You will be given medicine to prevent a miscarriage that could occur from the surgery.
Your stitches will be removed near the end of the pregnancy, or sooner if labor begins early.
Cerclages work well for most women. But many women who do not have the surgery still have healthy babies.
Talk with your health care provider about the risks and benefits of a cerclage to help you decide whether or not to have one.
Owen J, Mancuso M. Cervical cerclage for the prevention of preterm birth. Obstectric and Gynecology Clinics. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:39(1).
Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.