Neuraxial analgesia effects on labour progression: Facts, fallacies, uncertainties and the future

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Approximately 60% of women who labour in the USA receive some form of neuraxial analgesia, but concerns have been raised regarding whether it negatively impacts the labour and delivery process. In this review, we attempt to clarify what has been established as truths, falsities and uncertainties regarding the effects of this form of pain relief on labour progression, negative and/or positive. Additionally, although the term 'epidural' has become synonymous with neuraxial analgesia, we discuss two other techniques, combined spinal-epidural and continuous spinal analgesia, that are gaining popularity, as well as their effects on labour progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-293
Number of pages6
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015



  • Analgesia
  • epidural
  • labour
  • neuraxial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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