View Poll Results: Did stripping membranes work for you?
Yep, it only took once. 13 36.11%
Yep, but I had to do it more than once. 6 16.67%
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Stripping Membranes - Did it work for you?

I see posts about stripping membranes every now and then and wondered how often it works???

Did it work for you?

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Old 03-31-2011, 12:22 PM   #2
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I'm going to say yes, even though it wasn't directly the reason. I had mine stripped at 37wks, hurt like HECK and swore I wouldn't do it again. At that appt I was 2cm and 50%. I lost my mucus plug sometime between appts. The next week was my induction (medical reasons) and the Dr did a "small swoop" at my 38wk appt (3cms 75%) and my water broke about 5hrs later (2hrs into my induction). I swear if she would have done a full "sweep" my water would have broken right then and there.
Obviously this isn't the instant, in contractions and labor that evening, but I think it helped.
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I think it helps move you along, but only if your body is ready. It does hurt though, and I had bleeding that scared me the one time I had it done.
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I had mine stripped the day before I was scheduled to be induced (I was 41w5d), a last ditch effort I guess. I was 1-2cm then and maybe 3cm the next day when I came for my induction. But it did not send me into active labor the way I had hoped. Maybe it would have eventually but since I got induced (by breaking my water), I guess we'll never know. It was awfully painful though! I definitely plan to avoid it again if I can.
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Re: Stripping Membranes - Did it work for you?

Not sure. I've had it done both times to try to avoid induction. Did not work with ODD though I was 3cm by the time my induction rolled around a couple days later. With YDD I had it done more than once and didn't go into labor immediately. I did go into labor on my own maybe 2 days after having it done the last time. They say you will know within 72 hours so I guess it could have been what sent me into labor. Hurts like a SOB if they do it right but I will be doing it again this time starting at 39 weeks to try and avoid an induction.
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With DS3, I had them stripped by an OB and 2 days later I had him. (I've read that if it's going to work, it'll happen within 48 hours.) I was 39 weeks and 1-2cm then.

With DS4, I had them stripped at 10am and he was born just after 8pm that day. This time it was done by a midwife, and was much more painful for me than the previous time. I was 40w3d, 4cm and 75%.
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I had it done twice after two weeks of horrible prodromal labor. It didn't work and it was very uncomfortable and painful. I'd only ever consider it again if a medical induction was looming.
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I'm gonna leave your poll alone (since you know the answer already), but had to tell ya how much I love ya!
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Yes, it worked for me. My dr did it at 38+2. I was 2-3cm and 90% effaced @ 9am. By 6pm, I was really, really uncomfortable and went in. She was born 16hrs later.

My doc did it because my bp was a little high and she wanted to see if she could help me along. I guess I was ready.
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