Case Series

Pessary use in pregnant women with short cervix


  • Tuncay Yüce
  • Bahar Konuralp
  • Erkan Kalafat
  • Feride Söylemez

Received Date: 25.05.2015 Accepted Date: 28.12.2015 J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc 2016;17(2):120-122 PMID: 27403080

The purpose of this case series is to provide preliminary evidence on the efficacy of pessary application in women with short cervix and at risk for preterm labor. Between May 2015 and July 2015, four pregnant women were followed-up with Arabin pessaries. The gestational age at the time of diagnosis was between the 23th and 29th weeks. Pessary application was associated with a prolongation of pregnancy lasting between 28 and 98 days. The gestational age at the time of delivery was between the 33rd and 39th weeks. Pessary use is non-invasive for the prolongation of pregnancy in pregnant women with shortened cervix. The major advantage of pessary use is its easy application without requiring anesthesia.

Keywords: Cervical pessary, preterm birth, short cervix