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When your cervix has ripened sufficiently, your doctor is likely to administer oxytocin (Pitocin) intravenously to get your contractions under way. Many women who have experienced both an induced and a noninduced delivery say that the contractions associated with induced labor are more painful, requiring an epidural. While studies of whether an epidural slows down the labor process have been conflicting, the most recent ones indicate that it does not.