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A healthcare provider may prescribe Cervidil® (dinoprostone vaginal insert) to a pregnant woman who is close to delivery and has a medical reason to induce labor. This medicine comes in the form of a vaginal insert that is placed high in the vagina, near the cervix.
Cervidil is a manufactured (synthetic) version of a naturally occurring hormone in the body that helps prepare the cervix for labor and delivery. Specifically, this medication helps "ripen" the cervix, which means it relaxes and softens the cervix so it can dilate and allow the baby to pass through.
Studies have shown Cervidil to be effective; however, not all women can use this drug. Information on Cervidil should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before receiving the product to help ensure a safe treatment. For instance, women who have had a previous cesarean section (C-section) or who have unexplained vaginal bleeding during their pregnancy should not receive Cervidil.
(Click Cervidil for more information on this drug, including potential side effects, detailed dosing guidelines, and other issues to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
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