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Pudendal Block

by Elizabeth Keefe | January 26, 2001 12:00 AM
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A Pudendal Block is an agent injected bilaterally through the vaginal wall, usually in the second stage of labor. It may also be used for when forceps are used.

What will this do for me?

- Provides pain relief throughout perineum.

- No impact on pushing efforts.

- Useful for episiotomy & repair.

What are the disadvantages?

- Administration may be uncomfortable

A variety of drugs can be used during childbirth. To best understand their impact on you, please discuss your pain relief options with your OBGYN about the types, dosages, and effects of medication you may be given.


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Jennifer Nov 19, 2009 10:02:38 PM ET

I had a pudendal block with my first child and will definitely have it again with my second. i had an episiotomy and the thought of feeling that pain is what prompted me to get one. my baby breast fed right after birth with no problems, i would highly recommend one even if you have an epidural, because if the epidural wears off or is weak, you will feel everything!!!

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Tracie Aug 9, 2009 09:45:15 PM ET

I am pregnant with my 5th child and used epidural for the first 3. i had a horrible experience each time. the last pregnancy i had nothing and even though it was terribly painful, it was better for me than the epidural. i want the block but do not know anyone that has had one except my mom and that was 34 years ago. would love to hear from someone that experienced it. i have less than a month to figure this out.

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Lost Jul 16, 2009 07:05:46 PM ET

I'm also considering one, but have been unable to find any information or testimonials from women who've actually had one. seems to be a fairly uncommon practice. was reading online that it's a local anesthetic which can pass to the baby, and some babies have trouble breastfeeding after. that concerns me because i'm really looking forward to breastfeeding. i hope someone whose had one will post soon. i only have 5 more weeks to decide.

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Reyna Jun 1, 2005 12:15:56 AM ET

I am considering a pudenal block for my delivery. any body know any pros or cons from your own experience?

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