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What are the risks of induction?

Induction of labour is a medical intervention which can affect your birth choices and experience. Induction may increase your chance of needing an assisted vaginal birth with forceps or ventouse. Induced labour may be more painful than spontaneous labour. Prostaglandins can cause vaginal soreness or irritation.

Propess/prostin may cause your uterus may contract too frequently or for too long which may lead to baby becoming distressed. If this happens, we will need to reverse the effects by removing the propess and/or giving you an injection to slow the rate of contractions. Induction is not always successful. Induction can take up to five days so you may have a long stay in hospital.

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