Other Mechanical Methods for Pre-Induction Cervical Ripening.
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.
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Durie, D., Lawal, A., & Zegelbone, P. (2015). Other mechanical methods for pre-induction cervical ripening. Seminars In Perinatology, 39(6), 444-449. doi:10.1053/j.semperi.2015.07.006.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents