Cytotec Induction

There’s more than one way to induce labor, but one such measure may be down right dangerous for mothers and babies - the use of Cytotec (misoprostol) is one.  This intervention is not evidenced base! 


“The Freedom to Birth—The Use of Cytotec to Induce Labor: A Non-Evidence-Based Intervention” article had this to say:

  • “Every day, we see many birth interventions done for convenience while decreasing the safety of mothers and babies. Interventions, such as Cytotec inductions, are not always researched for a specific use to assess the risks and benefits.”

  • “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) makes recommendations for care that have become the standard of care for labor and birth, and that sometimes deviate from the recommendations supported by published research. The routine practices of episiotomies, induction, and denying food to the mother during labor without true medical indication have all been shown to be unnecessary interventions and can contribute to a spiraling effect of adverse events up to and including deaths of the mothers and/or infants.”

  • “The off-label use of Cytotec (misoprostol) to induce labor and soften the cervix is an excellent example of an unnecessary intervention that is not supported by research yet is rapidly becoming the standard of care, despite the evidence demonstrating the catastrophic events that can occur when it is used.”

  • "The pill is scored in quarters, which poses another problem, because the pill was not meant to be scored. A quarter (25mcg) could be given to one person, and a different quarter from the same pill could be given to another person, and each could react differently because the chemical composition might be different in each quarter.

  • “We should encourage mothers to move around during labor, consume food for energy, and let the birth process take its natural course (while observing carefully how the mothers and babies are progressing) without interfering.”


The FDA’s website had the following information:

  • Misoprostol ma be used to soften the cervix or induce contractions to begin labor. "Misoprostol is sometimes used to decrease blood loss after delivery of a baby. These uses are not approved by the FDA. No company has sent the FDA scientific proof that misoprostol is safe and effective for these uses.”

  • "There can be serious side effects, including a torn uterus (womb), when misoprostol is used for labor and delivery. A torn uterus may result in severe bleeding, having the uterus removed (hysterectomy), and death of the mother or baby. These side effects are more likely in women who have had previous uterine surgery, a previous Cesarean delivery (C-section), or several previous births.


 As with everything, it’s important to do your research and decide what is right for you and your baby.  


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