Title

Other Mechanical Methods for Pre-Induction Cervical Ripening.

Publication/Presentation Date

10-2015

Abstract

Pre-induction cervical ripening is an important part of the labor induction process in women with an unfavorable cervix. This can be achieved either by pharmacologic or mechanical methods of cervical ripening. While the Foley catheter is the most commomly used mechanical method for labor induction, other mechanical methods are also available. This article reviews the safety profiles of osmotic dilators, extra-amniotic saline infusion, double-balloon catheters, and also compares their efficacy to that of other mechanical and pharmacologic cervical ripening methods. While mechanical methods have been shown to be safe and effective for cervical ripening, none of these alternatives has been shown to be superior to the Foley catheter.

Volume

39

Issue

6

First Page

444

Last Page

449

ISSN

1558-075X

Disciplines

Obstetrics and Gynecology

PubMedID

26341067

Department(s)

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents

Document Type

Article