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What is done for a cervical ripening to induce labor?

What is done for a cervical ripening to induce labor?

Apply medication: The most common way to induce changes supporting progression of labor is to apply some chemicals that stimulate the opening of the cervix (dilatation) called prostaglandins. In addition, such things as nipple stimulation can release one's natural hormone, oxytocin, which can also stimulate labor naturally. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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Cytotec (misoprostol) for cervical ripening. What r ur thoughts? 1/4 dose every 4 hours vaginally? Nervous after reading the info on it.

Cytotec (misoprostol) for cervical ripening. What r ur thoughts? 1/4 dose every 4 hours vaginally? Nervous after reading the info on it.

Depends on doctor: Your doctor will likely have a preferred dose depending on your cervical dilation. Hospitals also have preferred dosing schedules per their protocol. Vaginal, rectal and oral routes of delivery can be used at a variety of doses depending on each individual medical issues and cervical dilation. Not sure what you are reading that made you scared. It is a commonly used medication for induction. ...Read more

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What is the chances that a cervical ripening don't dilate my cervix and the baby don't drop when im at the hospital and they have to do a c-section?

What is the chances that a cervical ripening don't dilate my cervix and the baby don't drop when im at the hospital and they have to do a c-section?

Somewhat increased: Your chance of a c-section is normally around 25% and will be higher when you are starting an induction with an "unripe" cervix. Such an induction could take several days if you want to give yourself the best chance for a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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Can swallowing progesterone help ripen the cervix?

Can swallowing progesterone help ripen the cervix?

Progesterone: I assume you are talking about ripening cervix prior in labor. If so, Progesterone is not commonly used for this purpose. Instead, prostoglandins such as Cytotec (misoprostol) can be used but i won' take it on my own initiative unless you are given it by your obgyn while in the hospital ready to have the baby. ...Read more

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Can swallowing cum ripen the cervix or bring on labor compared to evening primrose oil? Which one works better?

Can swallowing cum ripen the cervix or bring on labor compared to evening primrose oil? Which one works better?

See answer : Swallowing cum, no. There have been no scientific studies done that show evening primrose oil serves as a cervical ripener. All of the evidence pointing to the efficacy of evening primrose oil as a cervical dilator is anecdotal in nature. Also, no medical or scientific evidence that shows evening primrose oil to be either safe or unsafe. Best advice is to never attempt to induce labor on your own. ...Read more