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evening primrose oil

post #1 of 5
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has anyone had experience with epo? my sis whose also a doula told me to start inserting capsules at night to help ripen my cervix.. in 37 w.... I'm curious if anyone else has tried that before?
post #2 of 5

I haven't tried it and I don't think it makes sense to use it unless you are overdue. It's just my opinion but I don't think your cervix needs any help before 40 weeks shrug.gif If it's not broken, don't try and fix it :wink

post #3 of 5
I use EPO, orally, starting at 36 weeks and additionally, vaginally at 37 weeks. I also do accupuncture starting at 34 weeks. My daughter was born on her due date. You could wait until you're overdue, but many natural remedies take some time to work, so starting after 40 weeks is often too late. Assisting the cervix to ripen won't necessarily make you go into labour - it's just one piece of our bodies getting ready. Semen works like EPO, so lots of sex is helpful too.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks ladies.... I feel somewhat the same way.... if it ain't broken, why fix it?? I'm not in a hurry to get this baby out... I'm still trying to process the letting go of this phase of the journey.... (I tried 9 years for this!! I'm not ready to move on just yet!!! )
... but I'm also open to trying something that could possibly help the birthing process flow a little better, er dare I say easier ?...., to naturally try to help my body out...
post #5 of 5

I've been reading about it lately.  Not only is it not proven to work, it can be bad news for your vaginal canal if you don't get it RIGHT ON YOUR CERVIX.  If you DO do it, only do it for 2-3 days max.  Also, I just read this:  In one report, women taking oral evening primrose oil had, on average, a labor lasting 3 hours longer than women who did not ingest evening primrose oil.

 

The best thing you can do is eat 6 dates a day for the last 4 weeks: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989

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