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What exactly is pelvic rest and how successful is it for preterm labor?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: No intercourse.

It means to avoid anything per vaginam (including sex, tampons, douche, or other devices).
It is generally recommended when someone is at risk for bleeding (e.g. From placenta/vasa previa) or preterm labor. It is a common sense approach with not solid evidence of efficacy behind it, however it costs little/nothing and makes sense. Prostaglandins and trauma during sex can trigger labor.

In brief: No intercourse.

It means to avoid anything per vaginam (including sex, tampons, douche, or other devices).
It is generally recommended when someone is at risk for bleeding (e.g. From placenta/vasa previa) or preterm labor. It is a common sense approach with not solid evidence of efficacy behind it, however it costs little/nothing and makes sense. Prostaglandins and trauma during sex can trigger labor.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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