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What is cervical ripening?

What is the process of cervical ripening?

If your cervix shows no signs of dilation and effacement (softening, opening, thinning) to allow your baby to leave the womb and enter the birth canal, your clinician will need to get the ripening rolling, so the labour can be induced. This process typically takes 12-24 hours to complete. 

There are several ways your clinician may suggest ripening your cervix. The most common methods are mechanical dilators (Dilapan-S®or balloons) or medication (in a form of tablets, gel or pessary).

Dilapan-S® offers a unique combination of efficacy, safety for you and your baby and comfort!


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Ask your doctor or midwife about Dilapan-S®

Having an induction of labour? Download a patient information leaflet here to discuss with your clinician.