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#1 of 6 Old 02-22-2011, 07:34 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey ladies.  Looking for some advice.  I've seen EPO mentioned a bunch on the board and finally did my research today and went out and got some.  I'm 10 days past my date and trying any gentle methods I can before I have to get more serious about getting the baby out so I don't have to have the induction talk with my OB.  He's willing to wait till 42 weeks 2 days to have the conversation.  So my question is when you take it vaginally most of what I read just said to stick the capsule "up there" overnight.  The lady at the store I bought it from said I wouldn't want to do that because it's gelatine and wouldn't ever go away completely but I assume it would just work its way out.  What is your experience and how would you recommend doing it?  Thanks!

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I would probably just use a sewing pin to prick it and squeeze the contents out and dispose of the gelatin capsule if you're concerned about it.

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Hmm...i just stuck it up there never to see it again lol so who knows??

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I've been sticking them up there for a few weeks, and have had 0 problems.  Sounds like lady at the store is crazy. 

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It goes away completely.  As someone who just had her baby a few days shy of 42 weeks, I probably ingested about 100 of the capsules in the last few weeks anyway possible.  I actually used an applicator I had from a suppository for a yeast med to get them "way" up there.

Just make sure whatever you use to insert them (hands, etc) wash VERY well.

I was also taking them orally. 

I'd like to say they worked but not so sure to be honest.

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My midwife recommended that I take them both vaginally and orally, which I did.  I made a pin prick in the capsule and shoved it in vaginally.  I didn't squeeze it, just gave it a head start.  I used the evening primrose for about 1 week prior to going into labor.   Don't forget to wear a pad after you insert it!


I also used black and blue cohosh for 1 day, and at the end of the day some nipple stimulation.  Only 3 weeks ago and I can't remember the exact dosage my midwife recommended.  I believe it was 10 drops each in small amount of water.  I took it every couple hours (4 hours?)  My very early labor started that night; she was born the next day.  My midwife said, if the baby is ready the cohoshes might work.  But, after taking for a day, if nothing happens, wait a few days and try again. 



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