Increasing Rate of C-Section May be Linked to Impatience

Since 1996, rates of C-sections have risen 50%. While C-sections are deemed necessary for multiple reasons, some experts believe impatience, both in a clinical sense and personal sense, may play some part in the consistent rise in C-sections. ... read more »

Epidural versus non-epidural or no analgesia in labour

Epidural analgesia appears to be effective in reducing pain during labour. However, women who use this form of pain relief are at increased risk of having an instrumental delivery. ... read more »

Cervical Stenosis and IUI

What can be done for Cervical Stenosis and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)? ... read more »

Tubal Ligation or Sterilization For Contraception

After having children, some women choose to have a tubal ligation to prevent future pregnancies. ... read more »

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is rarely used during labor and delivery. General anesthesia is reserved for C-section deliveries that have complications. ... read more »

Droopy or Torn Earlobes

Droopy and torn earlobes can leave a woman feeling less beautiful every time she looks in the mirror. ... read more »

Spinal Anesthesia

Spinals are pain medications delivered via the spinal column in one dose. The medication is fast acting and can achieve a complete block of pain in as little as 15 minutes. ... read more »

Cesarean Section (C-Section)

Cesarean sections (C-section) are often related to unproductive labor and baby size. A woman's pelvic width may also come into play when choosing between a vaginal delivery and a C-section. ... read more »

When Is It Too Late For Pain Medication?

For a pregnant woman who has decided on using pain medication for labor and delivery hearing the words, “It is too late to relieve pain” can be frightening. Why, and more importantly when, is it too late for pain medication during labor and delivery? ... read more »

Infant Surgery: Regional Better Than General Anesthesia

The currently preferred method to dull pain in infant surgery is general anesthesia (GA) but a recent study indicates less invasive anesthesia — regional anesthesia (RA) — may produce safer outcomes. ... read more »

Is Lidocaine Safe During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding?

Lidocaine passes very quickly through the placenta so doctors suggest only using the anesthetic for established medical needs, but is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Bupivacaine During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Bupivacaine and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe to use while pregnant and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Uterine Polyp Surgery

Between scheduling the surgery and getting it, I asked no less than four (and possibly more) other people whether I would have the option to choose a different kind of anesthesia, and they all said yes. ... read more »

Epidural and Other Labor Anesthesia

An epidural anesthesia is also known as a 'regional' anesthesia because the pain relief is localized in the lower part of your body. But there are several other types of anesthesia in labor. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Uterine Polyp Removal (Part 24)

I am very phobic about general anesthesia and the thought of it was already making me physically shake and feel like I was going to cry. I asked to speak to the anesthesiologist again, and he came back to talk to me. ... read more »

Pain Management For Women in Labor

Most methods of non-pharmacological pain management are non-invasive and appear to be safe for mother and baby, however, their efficacy is unclear, due to limited high-quality evidence. Only one or two trials provided outcome data for analysis and the overall methodological quality of the trials was low. ... read more »

Anesthesia During Labor and Delivery

There are 4 types of anesthesia currently used in the laboring process. These include drugs, local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and epidural anesthesia. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Moving Forward At Last (Part 27)

I smiled and nodded a lot during my follow-up appointment. I was still hugely angry at the doctor over the anesthesia issue, but determined to be pleasant so he would hopefully be pleasant in turn. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Doctors, Take Note! (Part 25)

I had mild cramping and spotting on and off for about a week after my procedure, but didn't need to take anything more than Tylenol for it. I even started my period a few days after the polyp removal, right on schedule. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Hurry Up and Wait (Part 18)

It was both a relief and an irritation to find out I needed surgery to get pregnant. On the one hand, the polyp probably explained most of the reason for my 12 year lack of conception. ... read more »