A sweep is where the doctor helps dilate you by putting the fingers inside during an internal and doing a tilting/swirling thing. It's hard to explain but it's supposed to help dilate you as long as baby is ready.
An induction differs from country to country. Here sometimes they give the gel to help soften the cervix and they sometimes give it twice if the first one doesn't work. There is also the pitocin IV drip to dilate you which is the more painful of the two so I have heard. But everyone's pain tolerance is different.
As for the delivery, it's different for everyone. Sometimes the sweeps don't work but induction almost always works.
I had to be induced with both of mine. It was a true induction where I was not dilated at all so it was very intense to say the least. The first was bc I was past my due date almost 2 weeks and had not dilated. It was fine when I got my epidural and I delivered around 10 hrs later. The second was at 37 weeks and I had fainting/dizzy/syncope spells and kept falling on my stomach numerous times daily. She was induced and I was told when I got to the hospital that I was not allowed an epidural bc they didn't know if there was a neurological issue causing the falls. That was extremely intense bc I was not prepared for a natural delivery with pitocin. My body began having very strong contractions every 2 min that lasted 90seconds each. The contractions at the end felt the same as the ones in the beginning. Because it is medically induced contractions through don't have the gradual build up. With that being said I gave birth was very proud that I was able to do it on my own within 6 hrs.
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