Need to check your symptoms?
Use our symptom checker to help determine what your symptoms are and to ensure you get the help you need.Check your symptoms
Welcome to our New and Improved website. Serving You Better!
Discussing in the Dr’s Corner – What is the remedy for a closed cervix?
January 22, 2020
Discussing in Doc’s Corner
Welcome to the Dr’s corner, where Dr Sylvia tackles interesting questions from the mailbag, some What’s App groups, or our other social media channels. This week, it’s all about the medical condition known as a Closed Cervix.
The cervix is part of the womb, usually known as the neck of the womb.
It is the narrowest part of the womb and acts as ‘a gate’ into the womb from the vagina.
It is also a muscular structure whose entrance is called the ‘os’.
Usually, this opening is a tiny hole in the middle of the cervix but because the cervix is a muscle it can open and close (e.g open up to 10cm to allow the baby through at labour).
Normally, the os is closed by mucus to protect the womb from infection but throughout a woman’s cycle, the os changes slightly for different reasons,
Here’s a cool article for how the cervix looks on different occasions.
It’s a bit graphic but you can see the os change from looking like a small circular hole to a wider curved line during different conditions.
The shape of the os can vary from whether a woman has delivered a baby vaginally or not.
And it’s shape could depend on the time of the month according to her menstrual cycle.
For example, it looks different when you are ovulating; have just had sex, or are menstruating etc.
A closed cervix is one that cannot do all this.
This is because that opening we mentioned, the os, is either very narrow or blocked/closed off.
There may be many causes for this and therefore the remedy depends on the cause in each instance.
Straight off the bat, the most common but essentially natural cause is:
The closed cervix can lead to significant problems including:
Treatment depends on:
If the problem is not due to endometriosis or fibroids or cancer – instruments called dilators could be used to to open up the os.
But the main thing is to work out *why* the condition has happened.
The cause can be different from one woman to another.
So, I’d encourage any woman with symptoms suggesting a closed cervix to be seen by a competent medical practitioner to guide on the appropriate treatment.
Got any comments or questions for the Dr’s corner?
Write below or send an e-mail.
Doc’s Corner – Adhesions following Myomectomy.
More Doc’s Corner – Pregnant Despite Contraception.
Editing by AskAwayHealth Team
All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising Medical Practitioners on a wide range of health care conditions to provide evidence-based guidance and to help promote quality health care. The advice in our material is not meant to replace the management of your specific condition by a qualified health care practitioner.
To discuss your condition, please contact a health practitioner or reach us directly
Want to know how your comment data is processed? Learn more
Leave a comment
Please fill in the field below to add a comment.