Health news: Painkillers effective against labour pain

Painkillers are better in relieving women of labour pain than softer approaches like massages, electronic pain relief machines and hypnosis, according to experts.

Experts found that an epidural, or combined spinal epidural and inhaled gas and air, effectively managed pain in labour but resulted in higher rates of assisted delivery, the Daily Express reported.

Being immersed in water, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, massage and sedatives were described as interventions that `may work` with fewer adverse effects.

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