My consultant wants to give me a sweep next week prior to being induced the week after. I've had 4 babies but never been given a sweep before. Does it really hurt? Or just uncomfortable? My cervix is very posterior and previously it's been difficult to get to in past pregnancies/labours. So I'm expecting some discomfort anyway. Is it painful for everyone or does it vary? How effective is it? I've responded very well to both the gel and the drip in previous labours. With one dose of gel I went into labour 4/5 hrs later and with the drip it took effect immediately.