Dinoprostone Vaginal Insert Information
Pregnant women who are near delivery and have a medical issue that requires an induction may receive a dinoprostone vaginal insert (Cervidil®). This prescription product is used to help "ripen" the cervix, which means it helps to relax and soften the cervix so that the baby can pass through.
Cervidil comes as a vaginal insert that is placed high in the vagina, near the cervix. You will receive it lying down and must remain lying down for at least two hours. Your healthcare provider will decide when to remove it; it is generally removed as soon as active labor begins. It should not be inserted for more than 12 hours.
Before receiving a dinoprostone vaginal insert, make sure to review the safety information for the medication with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to use it if you have had unexplained vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy or if you have previously had a C-section.
(For more information on this product, including how it works, details on its safety and effectiveness, and potential side effects, click Dinoprostone Vaginal Insert.)