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What does it mean to "strip membranes" in pregnancy?

What does it mean to "strip membranes" in pregnancy?

Encourage Labor: Your doctor may strip the membranes if you are at or past your due date to encourage labor. If the cervix has started to dilate, the doctor can slip his or her finger between the cervix and the membranes with a sweeping circular motion going all around the cervix. This releases prostaglandins and may result in cramping or the onset of contractions. ...Read more

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What does stripping your membranes mean?

What does stripping your membranes mean?

See below: Separating the amniotic sac from the inner wall of the uterus in order to hasen the start of labor. ...Read more

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My doctor said hes going to induce, does this mean he'll send me to the hospitial that day or strip my membranes and send me home?

My doctor said hes going to induce, does this mean he'll send me to the hospitial that day or strip my membranes and send me home?

Inpatient induction.: Labor induction at your maternity hospital of choice is an increasingly frequent entry to labor nowadays. This is not an outpatient process - fetal monitoring mandates inpatient monitoring for labor induction. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant and went to the doctor today. While doing my internal exam, she asked me if I wanted her to strip my membranes. What does that mean?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and went to the doctor today. While doing my internal exam, she asked me if I wanted her to strip my membranes. What does that mean?

Preparing for Labor: The membranes are loosely adherent to the lining of the uterus. During the exam, if the cervix is open enough to allow passage of the examiners finger, the finger can be swept between the membranes and the lower uterine wall breaking this loose adhesion. This releases compounds that can further soften and thin the cervix and cause an earlier onset of labor. ...Read more

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What dose it mean when you get your membrane stripped a little bit ?

What dose it mean when you get your membrane stripped a little bit  ?

Vigorous exam: Membranes stripping is not as involved as typical internet descriptions often portray it. Basically the doctor places a finger between the cervix and the amniotic sac. A circle is made with the finger. This releases chemicals called Prostglandins which is some cases may possibly decrease the time before the onset of labor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a doctor wants to sweep my membranes?

What does it mean if a doctor wants to sweep my membranes?

See below: He/she will separate your membranes from the opening of the womb in order to induce labor. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor recommend stripping my membranes?

Why would my doctor recommend stripping my membranes?

Stripping membranes: Your doctor might recommend this maneuver to encourage the onset of labor. It is an old technique. There's no "scientific" proof that it helps start labor, but it seems to in some people. But, there is no reason to do it, and if you don't want it done you should let your doctor know this. ...Read more

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Is sexual activities ok after stripping membranes?

Is sexual activities ok after stripping membranes?

Unless told otherwis: Your midwife or obstetrician should have given you advice after stripping your amniotic membranes from your cervix to stimulate labor. Provided you are gbs negative and membrane-intact you should have no problems. Remember than orogenital and anogenital contact is contraindicated in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does epiretinal membrane over the mascula mean?

What does epiretinal membrane over the mascula mean?

Yes: An epiretinal membrane is a thin scar tissue-like layer that can distort the macula or cause swelling. Sometimes a pucker is referred to as "scar tissue on the retina", and "epiretinal gliosis." when appropriate, surgery to remove the pucker may be a good idea to halt vision deterioration, or modestly improve vision. Best to see a retina specialist for this kind of problem. ...Read more

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