A healthcare provider may recommend using Pitocin to cause or improve uterine contractions right before or after childbirth. Some approved uses for this drug include inducing labor when it is in the best interest of the health of the mother or unborn baby, emptying the womb for an elective abortion, and improving the efficiency of uterine contractions during labor.
What Is Pitocin Used For?Pitocin® (oxytocin) is a prescription medication approved for use in women immediately prior to or immediately after childbirth. Before childbirth, it is used to start or improve contractions of the uterus when there are concerns about the mother or unborn child so a vaginal delivery can occur. More specifically, Pitocin is used for the following reasons before childbirth:
- To induce labor when there is a medical reason for this, such as:
- To stimulate labor in cases where the uterus is not contracting sufficiently for labor and delivery to occur.
- To help empty the womb (the uterus) after a miscarriage, incomplete abortion, or an elective abortion. An incomplete abortion occurs when all the contents of the womb (the uterus) do not exit the body.
After childbirth, Pitocin is used for the following reasons:
- To start uterine contractions in the third stage of labor (the stage that occurs after the baby is born until the placenta is delivered)
- To control abnormal or excessive bleeding.