Still here, horribly miserable. 38w 3d, and I am NOT DILATED AT ALL! : My dr. was going to strip my membranes but she couldn't even get in there, my cervix was so tight and closed. She said it wouldn't have helped anyway--baby's not ready--but sheesh, at least it would have been SOMETHING. Now I'm bouncing on my birth ball until I make myself nauseous. The EPO hasn't done anything, even inserted vaginally. The only way I could touch my cervix is if I had an Inspector Gadget arm. Sex is out of the question due to my pubic separation--just way too painful in any position. And speaking of the separation, walking is out of the question too. So I'm bouncing and rocking in my rocking chair. In fact, I think I'm going to make myself some RRL tea, pop in a Christmas special movie, and do some nipple stim *sigh*.
I wouldn't worry still as it's still so early. With my first I asked for the membranes to be stripped (here they start having to do NSTs at 41 weeks, and wanted to avoid the trip to the hospital if I could!). It was at just under 41 weks and I was barely dilated then...but she said *just enough* to get in there. And, when she did it, she did it so gently. It wasn't painful, but super uncomfortable. She did a very thorough job, in fact I remember there was blood on her gloves when she was done. The completely brought me into labor the next day. So I went from very little progress to my baby in about a day! And, these are LMs who are generally VERY hands off. But when it comes to the possibility of dating out of their care we would start to think about stripping membranes, herbs, etc. Though I still consider it an intervention that definitely does carry risks. Which is why I only considered it at nearly 41 weeks.
Personally, I've always believed that from a scientific perspective EPO taken internally was the only way that it made sense. EPO contains the metabolic pre-cursors to prostaglandins...not the prostaglandins themselves. We need our bodies to metabolize the EPO and synthesize the prostaglandins. So, I always take the capsules by mouth. Though I do both, although I don't know that vaginal EPO does anything really. Sort of covering my bases.