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Evening Primrose Oil Aaden & Noah's Mommy 18 kids; Independence, Missouri 2366 posts
15th Nov '11

my midwife told me I can start using Evening Primrose Oil to help soften my cervix... but i'm not sure how to insert it.



She told me it needs to be next to my cervix so I was thinking about taking a tampon out of the applicator and putting the gelcap in the applicator and doing it that way... What do you ladies think? The gelcap smells like rotting fish though tbh... but I could also take it orally lol



Have any of you ladies used this? Do you think it worked? How did you insert it or did you take it orally or both?



TIA

FredMattyKristin&Kora's M 4 kids; New Hampshire 1434 posts
15th Nov '11

I've never used it, but why is she telling you to use it? you're not due for a few weeks and things will happen on their own....

Epic Rachel 2 kids; Lowell, Massachusetts 3785 posts
15th Nov '11

I insert it at night before I go to sleep.



Well, no that's a lie. I make my SO insert it. He happily obliges because it usually turns into more than just that one "procedure" lol

Aaden & Noah's Mommy 18 kids; Independence, Missouri 2366 posts
15th Nov '11
Quoting FrednMattysmom+1:" I've never used it, but why is she telling you to use it? you're not due for a few weeks and things will happen on their own...."


I don't want to go past due because I am hoping for a VBAC... typically they don't induce with VBACs so I'm trying to speed things along... She told me it won't actually start labor, it will just soften my cervix which could lead to dilation and effacement. Also, I am having an u/s at 38w to see how big baby is and if he's too big to stay in another 2 weeks she will strip my membranes to help speed things along.

FredMattyKristin&Kora's M 4 kids; New Hampshire 1434 posts
15th Nov '11

With my oldest I was told to stay away from it because it would start labor.
You can still go VBAC and let labor start on it's own and have every thing be find. My foster mom did back when VBAC was still thought to be very dangerous.
Is there any way you can check with a doctor before using it?

Epic Rachel 2 kids; Lowell, Massachusetts 3785 posts
15th Nov '11
Quoting Alicia + 1.5:" I don't want to go past due because I am hoping for a VBAC... typically they don't induce with VBACs ... [snip!] ... to see how big baby is and if he's too big to stay in another 2 weeks she will strip my membranes to help speed things along."


Trust me- definitely does not start labor lol but it is supposed to help with effacement because it contains prostaglandins (sp?). I was told it is ok to start taking as early as about 35-36 weeks

Caiden & Kynsleigh's Mama 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Oklahoma 4712 posts
16th Nov '11

I've always read that it is a slow and gradual, natural process and won't do anything if your body isn't already preparing for labor. Which is why her midwife probably suggested it. I've even read that you can being taking it orally as early as 34 weeks, as it works more slowly when taken orally. Just take the recommended dosage by your MW. Sometimes they suggest taking 1/2 of the dose orally and 1/2 of it vaginally. I'm not sure I would use a tampon applicator. I would just push it up as far as you can get it. If you search "Evening Primrose Oil" in the search bar, you'll see where lots of other ladies have talked about it. From my own personal research, I think it's one of the safest things you can use to help soften your cervix. It's also suppose to help soften your vagina, so it is less prone to tearing.

ca(o)s 2 kids; Missouri 358 posts
1st Dec '11

My doctor said it's safe.
He suggested I try it.
I was 40 weeks with my daughter with no dilation, nor effacement.
I'm 36 weeks today, and I was 1 cm, and 70% effaced at my appointment yesterday.
He said it ill help soften, to promote effacement and dilation.
He said it won't work unless my body is already gearing up up labor, same as sex and walking ... they don't work unless your body is already starting the process.



He said it won't hurt though, and it may not work at all.
He suggested the oil, but I can't find it anywhere. I went and bought the pills today. I called and asked and he said they do work slower, but if I am wanting to go into labor on my own, then it's worth a try.
He told me yesterday he would give me a Christmas present, and let me try to vbac ... YAY, if I go into labor before my c-section date that is, so ... I have the rest of today, and 24 more days to, wish me luck.

Aaden & Noah's Mommy 18 kids; Independence, Missouri 2366 posts
1st Dec '11
Quoting ca(o)s:" My doctor said it's safe. He suggested I try it. I was 40 weeks with my daughter with no dilation, nor ... [snip!] ... YAY, if I go into labor before my c-section date that is, so ... I have the rest of today, and 24 more days to, wish me luck."


Awesome... btw, what part of Missouri do you live in?



My midwife suggested poking a hole in the top of the pill before I insert it vaginally. Cause the oil is inside the gelcaps... Good luck! I hope you get your VBAC! I am currently 1cm and not effaced at all, but she said my cervix is really soft... I still haven't used the EPO, I keep forgetting!!

ca(o)s 2 kids; Missouri 358 posts
1st Dec '11
Quoting Alicia + 1.5:" Awesome... btw, what part of Missouri do you live in? My midwife suggested poking a hole in the top ... [snip!] ... 1cm and not effaced at all, but she said my cervix is really soft... I still haven't used the EPO, I keep forgetting!!"


OOOO ... so there isn't actually an oil?
You have to take it out of the pill?
Gotcha.
He was explaining something similar to that, but I thought he was nuts, but I didn't want him to explain it again, lol.



I'm in Southeast Missouri, about 2.5 hours south, down 55, from STL.



And yes, I hope so to, although I've heard other woman say he told them the same thing, lol.
I have an aunt who works in an OB office though who has been visiting a lot.
They don't deliver babies at her office anymore, but she had been there when they did, so we are hoping I go into labor on my own, and she is going to help me labor at home, as long as possible, that way Im far enough along when I go in he can't go back on his word, lol.

Aaden & Noah's Mommy 18 kids; Independence, Missouri 2366 posts
1st Dec '11
Quoting ca(o)s:" OOOO ... so there isn't actually an oil? You have to take it out of the pill? Gotcha. He was explaining ... [snip!] ... to help me labor at home, as long as possible, that way Im far enough along when I go in he can't go back on his word, lol."


Awesome! I told my midwife from the beginning that I wanted to go VBAC so she knows how important it is for me. She is also considering an induction for the 13th if I haven't had him by then and if my cervix is favorable... I should find out next week on the 6th what her decision on the induction is. I also have gestational diabetes so she doesn't want me to go much past my due date unless my cervix isn't dilating/effacing... She said its still really thick right now but its very soft and starting to dilate. I hope the next time I see her I am dilated more. She said she would strip my membranes at my next appt if I'm at least a 2 or if he has dropped. She said she could have stretched me and done it last time but she said I probably wouldn't tolerate it very well.. These contractions I've been getting have been kicking my butt though! I hope they're actually doing something!!