My second pregnancy was considered a high-risk and, as a result I was carefully monitored. At five months my doctors noticed my cervix was too short, so I was rushed to the hospital and given two choices: go on bed rest or get an emergency cerclage, which is a stitch in the cervix. I chose the latter. The initial procedure wasn’t so bad, but the removal was, well, something else. So if you’re wondering what may be in store for you, I can tell you exactlyhow it feels to have a cerclage taken out.
Of course, it's worth mentioning that I can only speak from my personal experience. If you search online, there will be women who swear up and down that removing their emergency cerclage was a damn breeze. They'll say there was no pain involved whatsoever and, hey, that's their personal experience.
Me, on the other hand? No pain? I freaking wish. It would have been nice to feel like it was just a quick routine procedure but, for me, it wasn’t. I was one of those unlucky ones that had scar tissue grow over the stitches. As such, my OB-GYN had to poke and prod me for what felt like forever. It was honestly more traumatic in some ways than what it felt like to give birth (and I chose to give birth unmedicated). I highly recommend asking for pain meds of any and all sorts if the removal of a cerclage is in your future, though I know you can’t usually use much while pregnant. If not, at least you'll be able to say you've experienced something that feels very much like the following: