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- Hygroscopic dilators, which are small dilators placed in the cervix that slowly expand as they absorb cervical fluids, helping to ripen the cervix
- Balloon dilators, in which a small balloon is inserted past the cervix and inflated with saline to put pressure on the cervix, helping it to ripen
- Procedures like stripping the membranes or breaking the bag of waters, both of which help to encourage a "favorable" cervix by increasing natural prostaglandin production
- Prostaglandin drugs, such as:
- Mifepristone (Mifeprex®), a progesterone-blocking drug, given vaginally
- Low-dose oxytocin, given by IV.