In women at risk of early delivery we recommend measurement of the cervical length. Risk factors will be identified from the history and each woman will have a risk assessment.
A transvaginal ultrasound examination of the cervix from 16 weeks is commonly suggested for patients at increased risk of preterm delivery. This may include mothers who previously delivered a baby prematurely or mothers pregnant with twins or triplets.
It is also necessary for women who have had treatment for abnormal smears where cervical tissue (lletz procedure x2) has been removed who may be at increased risk of spontaneous preterm labour and such women need cervical monitoring with ultrasound from 16 weeks gestation. If shortening of the cervix is noted on ultrasound, routine antenatal care may need to be changed.
Cervical assessment price is € 100