Medical Specialty >> Gynecology

Doctors Lounge - Gynecology Answers

Back to Gynecology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/14/2017.

Forum Name: Gynecology

Question: Determine if a birth has taken place

 nasreene - Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:26 am

How is it determined if a woman had a birth, say 10 years ago? How safe, accurate and reliable is the procedure?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:09 am

User avatar Hi Nasreene,

On examination, often following birth the opening of the cervix (the os) typically will take on a more elongated shape rather than a small circular shape. Also, the uterus typically remains larger after pregnancy than a pre-pregnancy size.

I suspect these are not likely to be 100% accurate however.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us