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Do epidurals slow labor down?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
The actual answer is yes & no! the only part of labor it has been shown to prolong is pushing.
Without the sensation of pressure pushing may be less effective. That said, i've also seen patients actual accelerate progress in labor after an epidural. This is thought to be from a patient being able to relax.

In brief: No
The actual answer is yes & no! the only part of labor it has been shown to prolong is pushing.
Without the sensation of pressure pushing may be less effective. That said, i've also seen patients actual accelerate progress in labor after an epidural. This is thought to be from a patient being able to relax.
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not significantly
And if you choose to get one, it makes labor more tolerable.

In brief: Not significantly
And if you choose to get one, it makes labor more tolerable.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Muhammad Itani
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Labor Epidurals
Yes and no. Old studies show that labor may slow down, but the concentration of the medications used were higher than what is used today.
Epidurals are usually performed when labor becomes active, and because of the good pain control and the pelvic muscles relaxation may cause labor to go faster during its later stages.

In brief: Labor Epidurals
Yes and no. Old studies show that labor may slow down, but the concentration of the medications used were higher than what is used today.
Epidurals are usually performed when labor becomes active, and because of the good pain control and the pelvic muscles relaxation may cause labor to go faster during its later stages.
Dr. Muhammad Itani
Dr. Muhammad Itani
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