Discover a new approach to induction of labour
Safe and gentle
One-time appliction for >90% of mums
Excellent feedback on comfort
Cost effective for the NHS
What is Dilapan-S®?
Dilapan-S® is a small rod which helps soften and open your cervix to prepare you for labour in a gentle and natural way. The rods are inserted into your cervix which dilate over 12 hours.
The solely mechanical dilation allows safe, predictable and efficient cervical dilation. Dilapan-S® does not contain any pharmacological substances, so the risk of hyperstimulation and fetal distress during the cervical ripening phase is low.
Dilapan-S® rods are supplied sterile. The device is manufactured in an ISO 13485 Certified facility, is FDA approved and CE Certified under the Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC). Dilapan-S® is also FDA approved.
Ask your doctor or midwife at your next appointment to find out if your hospital offers Dilapan-S®
How does Dilapan-S® work?
The Dilapan-S® rods are made of a firm gel which attracts water when they are in your cervix, so they gradually increase in size. The expanding rods also help your body release natural hormones to further prepare you for labour.
The thin 4 mm rod can expand up to 15 mm over 12-24 hours. This allows it to gently dilate and soften the cervix. Usually a set of 3–5 rods is used to ripen your cervix sufficiently and make you ready for your labour.
Gentle and predictable
Safe for all inductions, including women that have had a previous caesarean section.
Reduced risk of hyperstimulation (Excessive womb contractions)
Rods are latex free and contain no animal product.
Option for outpatient induction if your hospital allows
Can be used whether it is your 1st, 2nd or 3rd induction
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Other uses of Dilapan-S®
Dilapan-S® is also used in other medical indications such as within IVF to transfer the embryo and also for cervical preparation prior to surgical termination of pregnancy or other gynaecological procedures such as hysteroscopy.
If you are a HCP, please find more info HERE.