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Effacement (Thinning, Shortening)

Thinning or shortening of the cervix

At around 32 weeks' the cervix naturally begins to soften, shorten, and become thinner until it is eventually paper thin and almost vanishes This process of shortening and thinning is called effacement and is measured by your doctor or nurse during a vaginal examination.

Effacement is reported as a percentage from zero percent (normal length cervix) to 100% or complete (paper thin cervix).

  See Also Shortened Cervix

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