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When should I start taking EPRO

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am interested in the benafits of EPRO to ease labor, but I do not what to go into labor early. so what is the best time to start taking it, and when should I start inserting the caplits? I am not due untill jan 13, and my husband will be out of state the week before my due date, What would you sudjust?
post #2 of 13
Do you mean EPO?
If you're going to take it, you're supposed to start at like 37 weeks, if my shoddy memory serves me correctly. I don't take anything and won't. I trust my body to do what it's supposed to do. I hear the EPO thing works very well though. Good luck!

Namaste, Tara
mama to Doodle (7), Butterfly (2), and Rythm (due at home 1/06)
post #3 of 13
There's only been one study done on the effects of EPO on labor, and it showed that EPO might actually prolong and complicate labor! I'm due at the end of January, and I'm not planning to take it.
post #4 of 13
Someone asked exactly this question in a thread on the "I'm Pregnant" board about three weeks ago. There were several responses, which you might find helpful.
post #5 of 13
I just posted about this in the other thread. I took it orally at 35 weeks and then inserted 1-2 capsules at bedtime starting at 37 weeks. My ds was born at 38 weeks after a 2 hour and 45 minute labor, so I'll be doing the EPO again!
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks, so If I whant to deliver on my due date I should start taking oraly at 37 weeks and inserting at 39 right? how many days did it take after you started inserting to go into labor ( I reall like my due date fri the 13 ) should I start the fri before or the mon of week 40? thanks for the imput guys
post #7 of 13
A week after I started inserting it, I went into labor. I don't know that there's an actual timing on it. It's more just about your body and your baby being ready, and the EPO just helps to ripen the cervix.
post #8 of 13
I took it oral and internal from 37 weeks and my dd was born at 41.1. 27 hours labor.
post #9 of 13

What???

What is EPO? I mean, I can tell it's some sort of labor augmentation, but what form does it come in and where do you get it? Is it safe if you are a VBAC? Thanks for any info.
post #10 of 13
EPO is evening primrose oil. it is a capsule that you can take orally or vaginally (pierce the gel cap before inserting). It is a prostaglandin, just like semen, so if you are having sex one night, it is not necessary to use the EPO.

I don't know about VBAC, but I believe it is safer than Cervidil.

I think that is right. If anyone knows more-- post!
post #11 of 13
ANYTHING is safer than Cervadil Cervadil is EEEEVIL.


I don't know much about EPO in regards to VBACing though I know some VBACers have taken it (not sure whether orally or vaginally) You might ask about it on the VBAC board.

ETA that I am an idiot. CYTOTEC is evil. Cervadil is okay. DUH. My brain is sooo fried

Namaste, Tara
mama to Doodle (7), Butterfly (2), and Rythm (due at home 1/06)
post #12 of 13
Tara-- That's funny! I was going to correct you, but I wasn't sure if you had some info about Cervidil that I didn't know yet!!

Yes, Cytotec is evil
post #13 of 13
I tried EPO orally & vaginally for two weeks and my cervix did not ripen one bit. I am trying for VBAC. As far as I know EPO only ripens your cervix, it doesn't cause contractions or anything like that. So, I don't think it is a problem if you are trying for VBAC.
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