I just wanted to give any of you out there with a cerclage some piece of mind about the removal. First of all they offered me a very small shot of morphine to help relax me because they said that it will only hurt worse if you tense up. Of course I was nervous and started to tense up at the sight of the big speculum, but I forced myself to find that happy place and breath calmly through it and avoid tensing as much as possible, it was done in 5 minutes, no biggie! And bonus, I dialated to 3 immediately but then after making it to only 3 1/2 and 90% effaced after 12 hours they sent me home since my contractions were not causing much progress. In any event the cerclage is out and it wasn't that bad so rest assured when it's time to get yours taken out that if you stay calm you will be just fine too. GL!