Sentence Examples


  • You will know you are in early labor when your doctor tells you at your weekly pelvic exam that your cervix is between one and four centimeters dilated and starting to efface.
  • With the initiation of labor, the muscular wall of the uterus begins to contract causing the cervix to open (dilatation) and thin out (efface).
  • The reason why this method works for some women is the male semen may contain prostaglandins that help efface the cervix and start labor.
  • Stage one of labor starts when your doctor tells you your cervix is dilated and you are beginning to efface.
  • The doctor can tell if the cervix is dilated or has begun to thin and soften (efface).