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What is "stripping membranes?"

Wow, I feel retarded for asking this, but when they strip your membranes, what does that mean, and what do they do? And does it work?

Thanks ladies

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:51 PM on Sep. 30, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • I found this online to help explain it a lot easier than what I had in mind...lol

    Labor is a very complicated cooperation of many factors--fetal, maternal, hormonal, and mechanical. One thing alone won't necessarily push a woman into labor, including "stripping membranes." What your doctor is talking about is essentially just an aggressive pelvic exam in which he will feel around just inside your cervix where the membranes ("bag of water") are attached to its rim. By running an examining finger around the inside of your cervix, he can separate the amniotic sac from where it's stuck there. Theoretically, this will allow the bridging molecules that stick the membranes to the inside rim of the cervix to break--all at a molecular level, mind you--and so be released and then converted into prostaglandins, which are powerful stimulants of labor.
    JamiDesigns

    Answer by JamiDesigns at 10:55 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • Im pretty sure it means breaking your water. After they break your water then watch out because the contractions will really come on strong. It will also make your labor progress alot faster
    drs1206

    Answer by drs1206 at 10:55 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab000451.html

    one thing it doesn't mention is that it can cause premature rupture of membranes, but other than that, that is a good reference. :)

    btw it does NOT mean breaking your water. :)
    Stefanie83

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 10:58 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

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