I would happily shell out for this if I thought it would work and prevent (bad) tearing. Have visions of 'balloon' flying out of fanjo, whizzing around room and deflating whilst making a farty noise though.... Sorry, don't mean to be flippant - would love to hear if anyone has any experience of it!
Hi Alexa, I can imagine some poor v pregnant woman watching the thing shoot out in some confusion! Anyway, are you going to give this a go? I am doing as many pelvic floor exercises as I can possibly remember to do every day, and I'm doing the perineal massage thing every couple of days. That might be a bit early as I'm 26 weeks, but I reckon I can still reach my bits at the moment, and a quick rub with a bit of vit E oil ain't going to hurt!
Just posted this on another thread, same subject - I really recommend the epi-no!
I know this is an old thread, but used an epi-no prior to having my baby in April 08. It works. I had a tiny tear, no need for stitches, and he was HUGE.
It really helps you to visualise the crowning and last few moments of delivery - very hard to do otherwise, and definitely not something your partner can help with. My sister used it for her second, and she had no tears at all - and my nephew was even bigger than my little boy.
She reported a certain amount of marital disharmony over the whole perinneal massage prior to her first, so was thrilled to be able to avoid it second time around. It is expensive, but from the prolonged discomfort experienced by friends who either had an epesiotomy, or a bad tear - very much worth it.
a tear or epesiotomy was the one thing I was worried about before birth, and I'm sure using the epi-no helped me to avoid it. DO IT!