So, when we were innocently scrolling through TikTok and came across this post about epidural needles, we had QUESTIONS.
Just look at the size of this f**cking thing:
God, are the needles really THAT big?
Looks as alluring as expired milk. On a hot day.
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To find out what the deal is when it comes to epidurals, we asked obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Nicole Stamatopoulos to tell us absolutely EVERYTHING we need to know, just so we can be sure/paranoid.
How do epidurals work?
First things first. What the hell do these giant horse-like tranquilizers do?
"Epidurals work by injecting a local anaesthetic into the epidural space below the level of the spinal cord. It blocks pain and temperature pathways," Dr Stamatopolous explains.
"You can feel touch and pressure, but you can't feel pain, heat or cold."
How long is an epidural needle?
Now for the important part. "The epidural needle is approx 15cm," confirms Dr Stamatopoulos.
Just to put it into perspective, that is approximately TOO BIG.
Why is it so large? Does the whole thing go in? Pls send help, we feel faint.
"The reason is that it has to accommodate for different women of all different shapes and sizes. It shouldn't worry you how long the needle is as most of it is not involved in the procedure."