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Debstmomy 04-27-2005 01:47 AM

Is anyone doing this? How much do you take? How messy is it??

Thanks for any info!!!

nym 04-27-2005 02:04 AM

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..

CaliMommie 04-27-2005 02:43 AM

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.

slightly crunchy 04-27-2005 11:30 AM

I am only taking them orally, but if I get to 40 weeks I may do the vaginal.

MamaFae 04-27-2005 12:16 PM

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.


Debstmomy 04-27-2005 12:35 PM

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!)

MamaFae 04-27-2005 01:00 PM

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.


CaliMommie 04-27-2005 02:24 PM

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?

Mama Bee 04-27-2005 06:06 PM

So how far along are you ladies- those who are using EPO currently? Just looking for food for thought.

seren 04-27-2005 06:21 PM

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?

savdoc2 04-27-2005 07:40 PM

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.

Debstmomy 04-27-2005 08:14 PM

I am 36 weeks 1 day. I started oral yesterday, I will start vaginal 2nite.

nym 04-27-2005 10:06 PM


CaliMommie 04-27-2005 10:24 PM

39 weeks, 1 day

slightly crunchy 04-28-2005 01:36 AM

I started oral a few days into 37 weeks. Now 38 weeks, two days.

Marlet 05-08-2005 09:34 PM

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

annakiss 05-08-2005 10:17 PM

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.

Asher 05-14-2005 04:03 PM

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

Fluffhead 05-14-2005 05:17 PM

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

CathToria 05-14-2005 07:44 PM

I think she means finger........ Anna, please correct me if I am wrong!

zagatamommy 04-22-2006 11:09 PM

I am 39 weeks 3 days. would it be worth while to try using primrose oil this late to ripen my cervix? my doctor wants to induce at 41 weeks but i would much rather try what natural ways i can to try to progress on my own. any other suggestions on what to do to ripen my cervix and get some progression going? thanks

CathToria 04-23-2006 09:19 PM

IME, it can;t hurt. I would increas the oral and vag dose every 2-3 days.

Good luck and happy birthing!!!

peilover010202 04-26-2006 01:29 PM

I used EPO to efface my cervix during my last pregnancy and it worked well. only vaginally, I didn't take orally.

LBW 04-28-2006 08:30 AM

On my MW's directions, I take 3000mg/day. 1000mg orally in the a.m., 1000mg orally in the afternoon, then 1000mg vaginally at night. I'm 38 weeks and have been doing this for the past two weeks.

sunshinestarr 04-28-2006 01:33 PM

How effective has EPO been for you ladies, vaginally or orally?

Heart.Revolution 05-03-2006 06:41 PM


I jusy saw this topic and thought I would comment! The day I went into labor I had vaginally inserted 2 capsules of primrose oil before bed time. I was 10 days past my due date so my midwife recommended I take them, looks like it worked.

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