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To relieve pain during the second (pushing) stage of labor, an injection called a pudendal block can be given through the vaginal wall and into the pudendal nerve in the pelvis. This numbs the area between the vagina and anus. It doesn't relieve the pain of contractions.
A pudendal block works fast, is easily given, and doesn't affect the baby. It's given shortly before delivery. But it can't be used if the baby's head is too far down in the birth canal (vagina).
Current as of:
February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineJohn M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology
Current as of: February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology
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