Inducing labor using Cytotec
July 20, 2012 7:24 AM Subscribe
My wife will likely have labor induced in the first part of next week. Her doctor is talking about using Cytotec (Misoprostol)
. There are some troubling reports about possible uterine hyperstimulation from the use of Cytotec, but there are also valid reasons to use it. As we try to make a decision about how to proceed, what factors should we be considering (about the med choice or about induction in general)?
I've read the other threads on induction, and I've read the easily available PubMed papers about Misoprostol (which basically say that it's basically safe, but that there may be infrequent major adverse events). I guess my wife and I are looking for things we should consider and discuss with our doctor.
FWIW, she is full term, and a candidate for induction because of her age and a couple of other factors. The docs at her practice seem pretty set on induction very close to the due date, and right now it is scheduled for the day after.