Pitocin® is a common medication used in labor and delivery. It is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone called oxytocin that is made in an area of your brain called the hypothalamus.
Pitocin® causes your uterus to contract and is therefore used frequently to help boost the strength of your contractions if your uterus is becoming “tired.” This is often called “labor augmentation.” It is also sometimes given to start the labor process if your labor is being induced.
When pitocin® is used, your contractions will be stronger and more frequent.
Pitocin® is usually given intravenously, first in a small dose and then in increased doses every 15 to 30 minutes until you have adequately strong contractions.
Pitocin® is also often given after the placenta has been delivered in order to help the uterus contract, which will decrease the amount of bleeding you may have immediately after the birth.