Interesting study – the effect of foetal sex on the outcome of labour induction

While searching for literature regarding labour induction, I came across this study…

It was carried out at the Royal Free Hospital, London (I thought with the NHS everything was free – ha ha!)

The study aimed to determine the effect of foetal sex on the process and the outcome of induction of labour, and found that male babies demonstrated:

– Significantly more CTG (electronic foetal monitoring) abnormalities;
– More need for foetal blood sampling;
– Were more likely to be delivered by emergency caesarean section;
– Had higher admission rates to the neonatal unit.

Overall, male infants do not tolerate induction of labour as well as females.

So it seems that ‘men being the weaker sex’ rings true. Even from within the womb… Tee hee.

Agarwal U, Anastasakis E, Kadir RA. The effect of fetal sex on the outcome of labour induction. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2009 Nov;29(8):711-3. doi: 10.3109/01443610903191277.

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