Q: Good day Doc, can sexual intercourse open the cervix at 39 weeks of pregnancy?
A: An open cervix, also known as a weakened cervix or cervical incompetence is a condition in which the mouth of the womb is open leading to a risk of miscarriage. This may be caused by a previous injury to this area, typically after a surgical procedure. The weakness of the muscle can cause the mouth of the womb (cervix) to open too early during pregnancy, leading to a miscarriage.
Having said that, if the cervical incompetence is not a pre-existing condition, sex is generally considered safe during pregnancy. If your doctor has noted some medical issues that may cause some restrictions on sexual intercourse, he will communicate that.
Some issues that may cause a doctor to issue some restrictions on sexual activity, apart from cervical incompetence, include:
- Threat of a miscarriage
- History of pre-term…
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