Sweeping of Membranes for Induction of Labour in Low Risk Term Pregnancy


  • Hina Pirzada Combined Military Hospital Muzaffarabad/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan,
  • Rabia shabir Tehsil Headquarter Hospital, Pattika Pakistan
  • Ambreen Ehsan Combined Military Hospital Mangla/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Noreen Tahir Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Zainab saifuddin Yusra General Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Ambreen Fatima Fauji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan




Induction of Labour, Sweeping membranes, Term Pregnancy


Objective: To determine the frequency of spontaneous labour in the swept and non-swept groups.

Study Design: Quasi-experimental study.

Study and Duration of Study: Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Hospital, SKBZ Hosp/AK CMH Muzaffarabad, from Nov 2019 to Apr 2020.

Methodology: Patients were randomly divided into two groups (with lottery method). Group-A underwent a sweeping membrane while group-B was the control group. Spontaneous labour and other outcomes were observed in both groups.

Results: A total of 250 women were included in the study. There were 125 women in each group. The mean age of women was 23.4 ± 1.3 years in swept-group and 24.5 ± 1.7years in the non-swept group. The swept-group showed a high frequency of spontaneous labour compared to the non-swept group (24.8% vs 15.2%, p=0.01). Swept-group showed less postpartum haemorrhage (p=0.001), pain (p=0.001), pre-labour membrane rupture (p=0.03) and admission to neonatal intensive care unit (p=0.01).

Conclusion: Sweeping of the membrane is a safe and beneficial procedure for labour induction among low-risk term pregnant women. It is an effective procedure preventing women from reducing the incidence of post-term pregnancy with minimum complications.


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How to Cite

Pirzada, H., shabir, R., Ehsan, A., Tahir, N., saifuddin, Z., & Fatima, A. (2022). Sweeping of Membranes for Induction of Labour in Low Risk Term Pregnancy. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 72(2), 658–661. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i2.6644



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