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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Is anyone doing this? How much do you take? How messy is it??

Thanks for any info!!!
post #2 of 26
I'm to start tongiht, my midwife said to take two capsules and poke a hole in them with a pin and insert before bed..
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by nym
I'm to start tongiht, my midwife said to take two capsules and poke a hole in them with a pin and insert before bed..
I do this each night, it really isn't very messy.
post #4 of 26
I am only taking them orally, but if I get to 40 weeks I may do the vaginal.
post #5 of 26
I did this with both previous pregnancies starting at 36 weeks. I will do so again. Just like Nym said. The little gelatin capsuals look just live Vit. E caps and just disolve inside. They don't leak out but doing it at bedtime insures that the EPO will stay up by your cervix and do its best work.

I was nearly 90% effaced and completely softened both times before I started to dialate and I think the EPO did help with that.

Blessings
N~
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thank you wise ladies so much!!

Now another question, does it matter how many milligrams your EPO is??? I am taking 1000 mg orally & will do 500 vaginally. To much, to little??? What do you think?

(Yes I over analyze this stuff way to much!)
post #7 of 26
I don't think you can really "overdo" the EPO vaginally. I was taking 2 500mg orally and did the same vaginally, so one of yours should be just fine.

N~
post #8 of 26
Mama Fae~ You said it doesn't leak out? It's weird b/c usually it doesn't leak out when I use it, but last night I kept waking up feeling very wet down there (sorry if TMI ) and I thought it was just the EPO. But it was when I was lying down, so not sure how it would have leaked that much, they are small capsules (I woke up 5 or 6 times!) Any ideas?
post #9 of 26
So how far along are you ladies- those who are using EPO currently? Just looking for food for thought.
post #10 of 26
Ok, I was going to do this last night, but I didn't know if my EPO was too much or not. Mine is 1300 mg. Any ideas?
post #11 of 26
I started taking 2 - 500mg EPO at 31 weeks - orally once a day. At 36 weeks, I was told to take 3 - 500mg orally twice a day. At 38 weeks, I was told to continue the oral dosage and use 3 - 500mg vaginally at bedtime. I do not find it messy at all.
post #12 of 26
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I am 36 weeks 1 day. I started oral yesterday, I will start vaginal 2nite.
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38w6d
post #14 of 26
39 weeks, 1 day
post #15 of 26
I started oral a few days into 37 weeks. Now 38 weeks, two days.
post #16 of 26
I know that this ripens the cervix and what not. Has anyone used it later in pregnancy (closer to due date) and had results quick? Also, by having your cervix ripen galore does it tend to signal contractions to start? TIA
post #17 of 26
Using it later in pregnancy is preferable to earlier, certainly. "Quick" is sort of relative in this case. It would not hurt to try it. It will not start labor. A ripening cervix does not a contraction make. That said, cervical stimulation (say digital stimulation with insertion of EPO, for instance) can, I believe, cause a release of oxytocin, thus starting contrx. This is not an automatic thing though. Basically - go ahead, it couldn't hurt, but it is not an induction method.
post #18 of 26
It leaks for me every time. They say if you go pee for the night THEN insert it, it should be fine, but I'm 40+wks pregnant and having to get up to pee every 1- 1 1/2hrs these days! LOL Even when I was earlier on (37wks) I was getting up often enough after that it leaked out and gave me a couple of "Oh gah! Did my water break?!" worries when I looked at my panties. Thankfully the consistancy (EPO) is quite a bit different and oily feeling/looking than amniotic fluid. LOL

With that said, I also cannot find my cervix so I do a "point, shove and hope for the best" method with my EPO caplets. :LOL
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by annakiss
cervical stimulation (say digital stimulation with insertion of EPO, for instance) can, I believe, cause a release of oxytocin, thus starting contrx. This is not an automatic thing though.
Anna, can you expand upon what you mean by "digital stimulation"...Im just in the dark about this albeit I will probably google it by the time you respond. I've never heard of this and if I have, perhaps my brain has just gone to mush because I can't place this form of stimulation. Thanks
post #20 of 26
I think she means finger........ Anna, please correct me if I am wrong!
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