Anyone tried evening primrose oil? tinydancer118 2 kids; Manitoba 269 posts
17th Feb '13

Hi! I'm 39 weeks and just wondering if anyone has tried the evening primrose oil and how you went about it and what your experience was? Thanks!!

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
17th Feb '13

I never did but I heard good things about it.

It isn't going to hurt anything.

♥MamaToS&O♥ 2 kids; ., IL, United States 12093 posts
17th Feb '13

Started taking it orally at 35 weeks and then vaginally at 37. It did nothing for me. Went into be induced at 41 weeks and my cervix was still hard, closed, and thick.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
17th Feb '13

It is not supposed to bring on labor, and it won't, just so you know.
I started taking it orally at 35 weeks, and then inserting vaginally at 38 weeks.
When I went into labor on my due date, my cervix was fully effaced, which is what EPO is supposed to do, so I'd say it worked pretty well.

You could try inserting vaginally right now, but it takes a while to work, so unless you do a couple weeks overdue there probably isn't a point. But, it can't hurt!

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
17th Feb '13

Started taking it by mouth at 35 weeks, and vaginally at 37.
Did absolutely nothing for me. My cervix was closed and thick the day of my scheduled induction at 39 weeks.
but it won't hurt anything either, so feel free to give it try.
Best of luck.