Low and soft cervix after birth

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Dr Ann Tan answers a readers question about her low and soft cervix after giving birth.

A reader has a question about her low and soft cervix. What is the doctor's answer? 

Q: Before we had our first baby, we used to chart cervical position and my cervix would always get low soft and open and I would start my period within 2 days of that happening. So what I am asking is why would my cervix be low, soft, and open for 7 days?

Dr Ann Tan: I assume you had a vaginal delivery during which the cervix dilated fully and even though you are three months post natal- the cervix may not be entirely in its pre-pregnant state and may never be totally like it was before. It is usually slightly softer and more open (externally only) so monitor your cervix for a few months to understand its new pattern before you use it as a birth control method.

There are other methods which you may consider for monitoring your cervix namely the use of ovulation test kits.

Answered by

Dr Ann Tan, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Women & Fetal Centre,

A member of Pacific Healthcare

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Dr Ann Tan