We are happy to announce that Mount Sinai Hospital has reached an agreement with United/Oxford and will remain in network for all United/Oxford patients. As always OBGYN Westside remains in network with United, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross and other insurers. Please contact us at scheduler@OBGYNWESTSIDE with any questions.
Skip to main content

When Should I Consider Using Pro-Nox at the Gynecologist?

When Should I Consider Using Pro-Nox at the Gynecologist?

Did you know that the same nitrous oxide (laughing gas) from your dentist’s office can be used in other medical settings, including gynecology? Laughing gas has a long history 一 it was discovered in 1771 一 and was first used for childbirth in 1881

While nitrous oxide remains a safe and effective pain-relieving option, technology has made administration methods much easier. 

Our compassionate and expert team here at OBGYN Westside, PLLC, brings this centuries-old practice of using laughing gas to women on the Upper West Side of New York City with Pro-Nox™ 一 a safe, valve inhalation system that only delivers nitrous oxide when you breathe in through the tube. 

There are many reasons why you should consider using Pro-Nox at the gynecologist. Here’s what you need to know, courtesy of our board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists.

During painful procedures

Pro-Nox can help make you more comfortable during painful procedures, including intrauterine devices (IUD) insertion, office hysterscopy, and biopsies.

An IUD is a type of birth control that has a high protection rate (99%) for 5-10 years with no upkeep or maintenance required from you. The T-shaped device is placed through your cervix and into your uterus. While this is performed in-office and is relatively quick, the process can be uncomfortable for many women. Cramping is common afterward. 

A hysterocopy is another procedure that may cause discomfort, and Pro-Nox can help you relax. You may need a hysteroscopy if you have a polyp or if you have unexplained bleeding between periods.

A biopsy is a procedure that takes a small tissue sample to examine for signs of cancer or other conditions. For example, you might need an endometrial biopsy to help determine the cause of irregular bleeding. Because the tissue removal can be uncomfortable and cause cramping, inhaling nitrous oxide can deliver quick pain relief.

During exams

You don’t need to undergo a procedure to benefit from nitrous oxide. Some women may benefit from Pro-Nox during exams too. This is especially true if you experience pain during pelvic exams or Pap smears, or if you have a sensitive cervix.

Just like with laughing gas at the dentist, laughing gas can also help women who feel anxious about pelvic exams. Laughing gas slows down your nervous system so you’re more relaxed and less jittery.

How Pro-Nox works

When you receive laughing gas at the dentist, a nasal mask fits over your nose and you breathe in the gas. Pro-Nox delivers the same nitrous oxide but without the nasal mask. Pro-Nox is patient-administered, which means you’re in control of when you inhale the gas and when you take a break. 

The gas is a mixture of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen, and after a few easy breaths, you feel relief. The device only administers nitrous oxide when you inhale, thanks to special valves.

Whether you’re interested in Pro-Nox for an IUD insertion or during another procedure, know that your comfort and safety are always our priority. To learn more about Pro-Nox at our office, give us a call today or book your appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Ask These Questions at Your First Prenatal Appointment

Ask These Questions at Your First Prenatal Appointment

Getting ready for your first prenatal appointment? Many moms-to-be are excited for this appointment as it officially kicks off your pregnancy journey. Continue reading as we share eight questions to consider asking at your first prenatal appointment. 

Tips for Thriving Through Your Third Trimester

As you enter your third trimester of pregnancy, the anticipation of meeting your little one may be accompanied by a mix of excitement and physical challenges. Continue reading to learn our top tips for thriving through your third trimester.

6 Medical Causes of Spotting Between Periods

Spotting between periods is common and can happen to most women once in a blue moon. However, should irregular bleeding continue for more than 2 to 3 cycles, we recommend scheduling an exam. Read on to learn more.

Should I get an Epidural?

If you’ve been thinking about your birth plan, you have probably been presented with a lot of choices, including what type of pain relief you’d like during labor. The good news is that whatever you decide now, you can almost always change your mind.
How to Minimize Pain During Your IUD Insertion

How to Minimize Pain During Your IUD Insertion

Want to experience all of the benefits of an intrauterine device (IUD), but not sure what to expect in terms of discomfort? IUD insertion can cause discomfort, but these seven strategies can help minimize your pain.
What to Know about Travel During Pregnancy

What to Know about Travel During Pregnancy

Traveling during pregnancy can be fun, but you might need to make special arrangements, and you may have some questions about it. Continue reading and explore seven tips for making the most out of your travels while pregnant.