Do membrane sweeps work?

Question for mommas that had membrane sweeping done around 39 weeks. Do you feel it helped, and was worth the pain? Or would you have rather waited it out?

I had one done at 39weeks by a female doctor but I don’t think she used enough force if that’s what u wanna call it so nothing ever happened I went at 40 weeks and 1 Day for a check up before I was to be induced the same day and my male doctor did it it didn’t hurt as much as people said it would but while I was in hospital and nurses were hooking all the stuff up to me I started have contractions on my own a hour after having membrane sweeping