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Uterine contractions

Also known as Labor pain, Labor contractions, and Myometrial Contraction

A uterine contraction is a muscle contraction of the uterine smooth muscle.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of uterine contractions are pregnancy, threatened pregnancy, and gestational diabetes. Other possible causes, such as problem during pregnancy, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with uterine contractions, 62% report having pain during pregnancy, 44% report having sharp abdominal pain, and 32% report having spotting or bleeding during pregnancy.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with uterine contractions often receive urinalysis, hematologic tests, complete blood count, glucose measurement, kidney function tests, intravenous fluid replacement, arterial blood gases (abgs) and electrolytes panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with uterine contractions include docusate (colace), oxytocin, measles/mumps/rubella virus vaccine, ampicillin, terbutaline, benzocaine topical, cefoxitin, terconazole topical, multivitamin, prenatal, rubella virus vaccine, butorphanol (stadol), methyldopa and dibucaine topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for uterine contractions include race/ethnicity = other, age 30-44 years, race/ethnicity = hispanic, sex == female, race/ethnicity = black and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years, sex == male, age 60-74 years, age 1-4 years, age 45-59 years, and age < 1 years almost never get uterine contractions.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
3.4x
30-44 years
1.8x
45-59 years
0.0x
60-74 years
0.0x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
0.0x
Female
1.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.6x
Hispanic
2.0x
White
0.5x
Other
2.3x
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