Medical Q&As

Tattoo on back - epidural risky?

I have a tattoo on the base of my back. Will this cause any problems with having an epidural during labour?

Most epidurals are administered through the gap between the second and third lumbar vertebrae, which I suspect is higher than the location of your tattoo. Even if the epidural needle had to be introduced through the tattoo itself I cannot see how this would create any difficulties for you.