This medication is used to help prepare your cervix (the lower opening of the womb) for labor and delivery. It is used by women who are having a normal pregnancy and who are at or near their delivery due date. Dinoprostone is a natural substance that your body makes in preparation for labor. It relaxes and softens your cervix (cervical ripening) to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal during delivery.
How to use
This drug is inserted high in your vagina next to the cervix by a health care professional. You will be lying on your back with your knees bent outward while the medication is placed, and you will usually need to continue lying down for at least 15 to 30 minutes to prevent the gel from leaking out. The health care professional will tell you when you can get up and walk around.
This medication should only be used in a hospital setting with trained medical care available. You will be monitored for changes in your cervix, for signs of active labor (such as water breaking, strong sustained contractions), and for your baby's condition. If you do not have signs of active labor after 6 hours, your doctor may give you another dose. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
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