Cervidil® (dinoprostone vaginal insert) is used to help induce labor in women who are close to delivery and have a medical reason for being induced. But how is this drug administered and what will happen once it is in place?
The administration of Cervidil will be done by a healthcare provider in a hospital setting. He or she will place the vaginal insert high in the vagina, near the cervix. This medicine works by relaxing and softening ("ripening") the cervix, so that it will dilate and allow the baby to pass through.
You will be lying down when the medication is inserted, and you must remain lying down for at least two hours to make sure the insert stays in place. Each vaginal insert can be left in for up to 12 hours, or until active labor starts. Your healthcare provider will decide when to remove the insert.
(For more details on the administration of this medicine, including what you can expect and what you will need to do for the medication to be most effective, click Cervidil Dosage.)