Pain relief for obstetric and gynecologic ambulatory procedures

Rebecca H. Allen, Elizabeth Micks, Alison Edelman

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As minor gynecologic procedures move from the operating room to the office, providers need to ensure that patients are comfortable and that procedures are performed safely. Although local anesthesia is commonly used for gynecologic procedures, a multimodal approach may be more effective. If necessary, sedation can be safely provided in an office setting with the correct tools and training. This article reviews evidence-based approaches to pain management for gynecologic procedures in the ambulatory setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-645
Number of pages21
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Ambulatory
  • Colposcopy
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • IUD
  • Pain
  • Paracervical block
  • Uterine aspiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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