Would you like to be on Mumsnet's research panel? We're especially keen for parents-to-be and new parents to join. You can sign up here - there's (nearly) always a great incentive on offer for your views.

Evening Primrose oil....

(43 Posts)
Rosduk Sat 26-Mar-11 21:49:39

Has anyone tried EPO and did it work? I have seen you can take tablets or use them vaginally so I was just wondering if anyone can recommend it or if its more trouble than its worth!

nannyl Sat 26-Mar-11 21:59:30

what are you supposed to use it for exactly?

Rosduk Sat 26-Mar-11 22:15:42

Apparently it doesn't bring on labour but helps to soften the cervix so I was interested to see if anyone has tried it!

nannyl Sat 26-Mar-11 22:18:59

oh? not herd of that one!
so do you 'pop the capsule' and squirt it up there then?
at what stage of pregnancy do you start this?

Rosduk Sat 26-Mar-11 22:53:38

This is what i read:

Evening primrose oil is a commonly used method of naturally preparing the body for labor. It does not directly induce labor, as commonly believed. Evening primrose oil acts as a prostaglandin, which ripens and softens the cervix. The ripening of the cervix can help the baby's head engage deeper into the pelvis, which can help with dilation.

Evening primrose oil is a less invasive method of triggering labor, so it can be used earlier in the pregnancy than some other methods. As soon as 34 weeks, evening primrose oil can be taken orally. It is generally recommended to take two 500mg capsules a day until 38 weeks. At that time usage can be increased to 3-4 capsules per day. An entire capsule can also be inserted vaginally. It is best to do this before bed, so the capsule can dissolve while you sleep. You can also use the oil during perineal massage, and massage it on the cervix as well. Applying the oil directly to the cervix will produce the best results, but the ingredients in evening primrose oil can also be absorbed through the external skin or stomach.

Rosduk Sat 26-Mar-11 23:01:06

Most posts I read say it works really well- they just inserted the tablet as close as they can get it to the cervix at night before you go to bed. Might ask the MW about this one make sure its safe- she will soon say if it's a good or bad idea! Apparently you shouldn't do it if your waters have already broken though and always wash your hands before you insert!!

Leilababyno1 Sat 26-Mar-11 23:03:45

Hummmmn...I am 35 weeks, might pop out to Holland & Barrett and get some. Baby is already 3/5 engaged, so might help her drop a bit lower...

Worth a try! Thanks...

lilly13 Sun 27-Mar-11 13:48:10

I read that you are not supposed to start inserting capsules until 38 weeks...

Roopachoo Sun 27-Mar-11 18:24:54

Whoa I am so doing this! Read about taking them orally in the Sarah Brewer book- but didn't know about inserting them... will put it in the diary for week 38!

babyfour Sun 27-Mar-11 20:50:04

I used EPO for my last term pregnancy,,,, at 39weeks took 3 orally and one internally at night, next day huge show. Next night 3 orally and one internally, baby born early the following morning. I am certain it was not coincidental, the epo definitely softened things up and got things going for me. And it was the first time I had no tearing either!!!!
Hope it works for you too!

Leilababyno1 Sun 27-Mar-11 23:39:33

Will start with the tablets now and then move on to the internal capsules from 38 weeks! Thanks Rosduk!

tavish Tue 29-Mar-11 14:17:04

Sorry for sounding so crude but do you just push up the capsule as far as you can and it will slowly dissolve?

G1nger Tue 29-Mar-11 14:21:32

Well if you do have to push it up as far as you can, you could use a thrush cream applicator...

tavish Tue 29-Mar-11 14:30:13

What's a thrush cream applicator like,altho to be honest at this rate I'm not sure I'll be able reach and I'm only 27+1 lol,

blueberryboybaitonSafari Tue 29-Mar-11 14:33:26

I used it both orally and vaginally before DD2 was born - 3 tabs morning and 1 internally at night I started at 39w and DD2 was born at 39+6 after a short sharp 1 hour labour.

G1nger Tue 29-Mar-11 14:53:26

It's kind of pen-shaped - ie long and with a little handle that you press when it's at the desired destination... Of course, you'd still have to look into if/how to attach the capsule, but I think it's worth looking into. Otherwise, you might want to practice finding your cervix (if you haven't already) .. and show your partner where it is.

tavish Tue 29-Mar-11 14:54:08

Wow that sounds great definately gonna give it a try

nannyl Tue 29-Mar-11 15:04:16

ok.... just to clarfiy...

you put a WHOLE EPO capsule up there, as close to cevix as you can? you DONT pop it or pin prick the capsule 1st? It sort of melts up there by itself?
is that right?

does it leak out in the morning when you stand up? Or at night onto the bed? Is it best to have a panty liner / pad on just in case? or will it just not flow back out?

what happens to the capsule bit? does it just hang around up there (infection risk?) or does it come out with waters breaking / show / birth / placenta etc?

sorry these may seem like basic questions but i just dont think ive quite "got it" yet!

blueberryboybaitonSafari Tue 29-Mar-11 15:07:57

NannyL - yes a whole capsule, they dissolve in the natural warmth and discharge in the vagina, you wear a sanitary towel in bed and it catches and leakage. The capsules are made of gelatine so dissolve and come out with any discharge.

nannyl Tue 29-Mar-11 15:31:46

thanks for that smile

nannyl Tue 29-Mar-11 15:37:35

been googling and have found instructions here

princesscupcakemummyb Thu 12-Sep-13 19:37:08

wow intresting never heard of that before just noticed this is a old thread

KarmaBiatch Thu 12-Sep-13 22:09:32

ooh, glad this thread has been resurrected! will be trying this out as I'm now 34+3, been having raspberry leaf tea for the last few weeks too, so anything to help the process along is good to know smile

willitbe Thu 12-Sep-13 22:21:20

It is an old thread but

I tried EPO on my third pregnancy, took capules orally and one internally one night, had massive show the next day. That night repeated with one internally, and baby arrived 7.30am the next morning. Tore on my first two, had no tearing on this one, despite him being nearly 2 lbs heavier. So there might be something in the softening helping with this too. I was 39 weeks.

princesscupcakemummyb Fri 13-Sep-13 10:05:24

willitbe thats good to know so it sounds like it could work its to early for me atm to do this as im 33 weeks but still good to know grin KarmaBiatch good luck let us know how you go with it when you start using smile

KarmaBiatch Fri 13-Sep-13 14:28:55

Just bought my first bottle of the stuff.. Sitting here wondering if I should take them now, such a pussy! grin

Kilkers Sat 14-Sep-13 09:49:36

KarmaBiatch, did you get any results from the EPO yet? I've got some arriving with the grocery shop so I'm curious...

Insanityismymiddlename Sat 14-Sep-13 11:39:45

I tried it 2 capsules at night and one orally a day didn't help still went to 40+12 and had to be induced as cervix wasn't doing anything sad

bluebeanie Sat 14-Sep-13 12:13:17

I'm due today and the pharmacist at boots has refused to sell them to me as their effect isn't knownsad sad

KarmaBiatch Sun 15-Sep-13 00:59:54

I've taken 1300mg tablets twice a day for 2 days now, and I don't believe it's a coincidence that baby has dropped and I've had way more braxton hicks/stabby fanjo over the last couple days, could hardly sleep last night and thought I was going in to labour!

Don't expect a show until I start popping them up to the cervix at 38 weeks, but I'm feeling hopeful grin

Secretswitch Sun 15-Sep-13 01:07:46

My midwife suggested using EPO from 35 weeks on...I'm not certain what effect it had. I did have a wonderful home birth.

KarmaBiatch Mon 16-Sep-13 12:08:42

update on the EPO experiment: at 35 weeks and taking the pills orally for 5 days my previously posterior cervix is now in the correct position, soft, and slightly open (sorry if tmi). will start them internally towards the end of the week! Determined not to go over my EDD! grin

Soupqueen Mon 16-Sep-13 12:49:20

I saw a thrush pessary recommended up thread - just a reminder that you're not meant to use these in pregnancy.

Jorior Mon 16-Sep-13 13:15:12

I'm SO glad this thread has popped up again. I'm 33wks a the moment and as I went overdue with my 2 previous pregnancies, I'm delighted to hear about EPO. Fingers crossed!

Kilkers Mon 16-Sep-13 15:10:16

Just to update, this will be the third day of taking 3 capsules orally and one inserted vaginally before bedtime. Nothing exciting to report yet other than it definitely feels like the baby has dropped down a bit. I'm also getting a lot more stabby fanjo pains and CM has suddenly increased also.

KarmaBiatch Mon 16-Sep-13 15:24:20

kilkers how far along are you?

JellyCurls Mon 16-Sep-13 15:33:49

38 weeks today and have taken a leap of faith and used the oil from EPO capsule to massage around my cervix, my gosh EPO stinks. However since I have done this have had lots of stabby pains. Will pierce and insert a capsule tonight and see what that does. Keep you all posted x

honey86 Mon 16-Sep-13 16:41:54

good luck jelly, id like to try this.. but still abit too early for me (33+3). i will do once its time x

KarmaBiatch Mon 16-Sep-13 16:43:36

honey you could start taking 500mg daily just now smile it doesn't induce labour, just makes your cervix more favourable smile

honey86 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:41:54

oohh thats ok then... im on#4 atm, my last 3 births were very long n very complicated. all induced and born instrumentally. my kids dont seem to wanna come out grin

honey86 Wed 18-Sep-13 21:46:39

howd it go jelly? x

Hannana Wed 18-Sep-13 22:30:13

Right, I think I'll be off to buy some of this tomorrow! I'm 39+1 and am keen not to go too far past EDD so it's definitely worth a shot.

JellyCurls Thu 19-Sep-13 00:38:05

Couldn't stand the smell so didn't try again - sorry. Was talking to mw about it today and strongly advised me against this and any other ways to induce labour or encourage cervix to ripen. Her reason for not inserting was concerning infection so up to us. No harm in taking orally though if you can stand them

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now