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<p>Is anyone using it or going to use it?  When are you starting?  How much and how often?</p>
 

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<p>I'm planning on using it. My doula suggested I wait until 38 weeks, and then insert 3 capsules vaginally a day.</p>
 

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<p>I bought some the other day. You can bet your booty I'll be using it! Two caps orally a day, plus one inserted vaginally overnight. There are conflicting reports about the best injestion methods, but there is definitely evidence to support the fact that it needs to be digested in order to release the appropriate chemicals to "ripen" the cervix. I do both to cover all the bases. ;)  I'll be starting at 37 weeks. I'm feeling very done already at only 34+ weeks. Anything to hasten the big event!</p>
 

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<p>I was about to start this very thread- just bought my bottle this morning!</p>
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<p>I'm waiting until 37 weeks, too- then inserting overnight. </p>
 

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<p>I'm 36 weeks today, and so ready to be done! Of course, I had DD at 38 on the dot, so maybe only 2 more weeks?!?! </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>selkat</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279123/evening-primrose-oil#post_16042613"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I bought some the other day. You can bet your booty I'll be using it! Two caps orally a day, plus one inserted vaginally overnight. There are conflicting reports about the best injestion methods, but there is definitely evidence to support the fact that it needs to be digested in order to release the appropriate chemicals to "ripen" the cervix. I do both to cover all the bases. ;)  I'll be starting at 37 weeks. I'm feeling very done already at only 34+ weeks. Anything to hasten the big event!</p>
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<p>I'm 36w6 days today so I was thinking of starting it tonight (just one capsule) and then upping it to 2 at 38 weeks and then 3 at 39 weeks.</p>
 

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<p>At 37w I'll be using it orally and vaginally a couple times a day.  I used it with my last pg and it seemed to work very well.  .  </p>
 

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<p>I did not know about this until a couple of days ago when my midwife suggested it. I am curious. I have been a little anal about not ingesting omega 6's and upping my omega 3's.... so I am off to read more.</p>
 

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<p>Interesting.  I"ve heard of EPO, but I'm not sure about using it so early.  I was thinking of starting it at 38 weeks.  I'll talk with the midwife about it tomorrow; thanks for reminding me!</p>
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<p>Personally, though, my thought is that DH's "stud services" will be requested just about every night from week 38 on!  <span><img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="width:39px;height:15px;"></span>That sounds like the most enjoyable method of ripening the cervix to me.  But, the vitamin sale is this week at the health food store, so maybe I'll get some just in case! </p>
 

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<p>I used it with one baby (#4) and ended up with the worst bloody show. My cervix was so ripen a bunch of capillaries broke and I literally gushed blood one morning when I sat on the toilet. My midwife rushed over but nothing happened. I still didn't get have baby for another 4 days. So I think I'll probably pass on it. But it does obviously work quite well to soften and prepare the cervix. I guess my cervix just didn't appreciate the help.</p>
 

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<p>I really want to try to have patience and trust in the process. I really instictually believe that there are a variety of physiological events that have to happen for labor to be intiated. I don't believe, support or advocate elective inductions. This means herbal as well. If I make it to say 39w5d perhaps I will consider. Not meaning to be a prude but I really want baby to come when baby is ready and trust there is a reason for it, despite any inconvience or discomfort to me. We'll see how I do! </p>
 
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<p>I don't know about everyone else, but to my midwife and I, using EPO doesn't constitute inducing labor. </p>
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<p>It might be viewed as hypocritical, but I wouldn't dream of using anything that actually causes contractions unless I was post-term and being threatened with a hospital induction. EPO, however, doesn't cause labor- it only helps to soften the cervix, which, in my view, puts it in the same league as making sure to DTD daily. </p>
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<p>I totally agree with and support your view- I guess I just draw a finer line. </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>owlgirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279123/evening-primrose-oil#post_16044821"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I really want to try to have patience and trust in the process. I really instictually believe that there are a variety of physiological events that have to happen for labor to be intiated. I don't believe, support or advocate elective inductions. This means herbal as well. If I make it to say 39w5d perhaps I will consider. Not meaning to be a prude but I really want baby to come when baby is ready and trust there is a reason for it, despite any inconvience or discomfort to me. We'll see how I do! </p>
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<p> I used EPO and I think borage oil last time, per my midwives suggestion. I think I probably started at 38 weeks or so, and I can only remember taking it orally. I think it did help prepare my cervix as I started labor at 4 cm dilated, although not very effaced. And it still took me approximately 24 hours to dilate to complete. Of course I don't know what it would have been like without it. I am debating it this time. I really believe baby will come when baby is ready, and I am really wanting to have faith and believe in my body, and that my body can do it all on it own (hard as a vbac), but I also want this baby to be born close to it's Due date, and my midwives do too. For several reasons it would be best if baby wasn't very overdue. Hopefully no going to 42 weeks. So I'm debating about perhaps using it. Probably will talk to my midwives further about it. DS was born at 41 weeks, so I am hoping that this baby will be about then, or earlier, although I know there is no way to know.</p>
 

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<p>I'll probably start around 37 weeks, so in 2 more weeks.  You can bet I'll be dtd as well, provided it's still possible at that point.  LOL</p>
 
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