I'm surprised the doctor didn't mention cervidil as an alternative to cytotec when you expressed concerns about it. Cervidil is a gentler cervix ripener, and the good thing about it is that if you have a bad reaction to it, it can be removed- it's inserted vaginally and has a string like a tampon. I would definitely recommend waiting to go into labor on your own if baby is OK, but if you start to feel like you want to go along with an induction, cervidil might be a better choice for you. Generally they'll insert it overnight (w/ you having to stay in the hospital overnight) and then check your cervix in the morning, starting pit if it's ripened enough. If it's still not ripe they may do another dose of cervidil. The downside is that you end up spending a ton of time in the hospital before you even go into labor, which starts you off at an energy deficit.
Many docs prefer cytotec to cervidil because it's faster, and a lot cheaper. Which are not at all good reasons.
Side note on cytotec still being used: I watched a special on Discovery Health about a woman with quadroplegia giving birth. She was amazing...she was so determined to have a baby, and had to be on bed rest for I think half the pregnancy because being upright was making her faint. Her docs deemed that labor would be to stressful for her system, partly because the pain would send her nervous system into shock- something havign to do with her quadroplegia. So they gave her an epidural and induced her...with cytotec! I was like, "This woman is incredibly high risk, and at risk of shock to begin with, and they're using cytotec!" It was unreal.