Question by  jltownsend (13)

What causes softening of the cervix?


Answer by  hollie09 (20)

A cervix can soften for two reasons. One being during the time of ovulation. This tends to allow conception to occur. Another time the cervix soften is for giving birth. In order to give birth vaginally the cervix must soften and open.


Answer by  Charlotte32 (214)

Your cervix softens when levels of the hormone progesterone increase in your body. This happens when you ovulate each month. Your cervix also softens as your body prepares to give birth, allowing the baby to leave the uterus.


Answer by  wennifred (597)

As you approach ovulation your cervix will soften and the os will open a little bit. This is to facilitate the movement of sperm into the uterus.


Answer by  mynameisglory (61)

Softening of the cervix is caused by being in labor. The cervix becomes flexible and widens so that a baby can come through the birth canal easily. When the cervix has not softened for child birth a physician is required to use medication such as hormones to aid in delivery.


Answer by  AidansMomma (106)

The cervix will begin to soften as labor begins. It can also be softened by a doctor using prostaglandin medications applied to the cervix.


Answer by  kmelchers (113)

Labor contractions and hormonal changes cause the thinning, softening, and relaxing of the cervix that allows the fetus to be born. The opening is measured in centimeters; a full 10 centimeters being required before pushing takes place.


Answer by  Rose (6804)

Softening of the cervix is caused by changes in your hormone levels and your body nearing time for delivery of your baby.


Answer by  shoofeer1 (116)

a complex biochemical process is the main reason behind the softening of the cervix. while other contributory effects come from changes in the body, reallignment of collagens and enzymes worsen.


Answer by  queenbee77 (146)

Softening of the cervix is caused by chemical reactions that occur in a woman's body in the final stages of labor. Sometimes the body does not release enough of these chemicals to cause the cervix to soften and medication has to be administered to cause the softening to take place.

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