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Ability to detect true labor from false labor

The intrauterine pressure catheter (IUPC) is considered to be the Gold Standard for monitoring uterine contractions as it enables assessment of both the frequency and the intensity of contractions more accurately than tocodynamometry. However, IUPC requires ruptured membranes prior to catheter insertion and its use is therefore limited. In addition, this invasive method carries risks of placental and fetal damage, infection, and uterine perforation.