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Treatment of cervicitis during pregnancy

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      Abstract

      • 1.
        1. Cervicitis and its attendant leucorrhea are a real problem in pregnancy, because of the greater discomfort and because of the traditional fear of premature labor if any therapeutic measure, even a douche is used.
      • 2.
        2. The absence of evidence in the literature suggests that the dangers of treating the gravid cervix are exaggerated.
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        3. In the experiment reported, the actual cautery was used to cure the nongonorrheal cervicitis of 48 women between the twentieth and thirtieth weeks of pregnancy. The results, both subjectively and objectively, were good.
      • 4.
        4. There was no premature induction of labor, and comparison with 140 controls revealed no significant change in the length of labor, the incidence of operative delivery, or the morbidity. Since the cauterizations were done on the diseased cervix and the control cases were relatively healthy, these data seem to be favorable for the treated cases.
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        5. While the actual cautery is not to be recommended routinely or to untrained individuals, it appears that cervicitis during pregnancy may be treated successfully and safely.
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