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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!

upthewolves Sun 19-Jul-15 07:43:25

Hi Blakey sorry only just saw your reply. i dont really know how I'm supposed to assess how well it's working? All i can say is that it has cleared up the random ecsema that ive had on my cheek since about week 32!

I asked my mw and she was a bit sceptical - said she thought youd have to take high doses over many months for it to have an effect but that it wouldnt do any harm so carry on if i like! She said the only thing proven to reduce tearing is perineal massage so im trying to do that daily now. No idea if thats working either!

Blakey87 Sat 11-Jul-15 18:19:28

Been taking EPO for a week and I have to be honest am a little disappointed I don't think it's done anything for me at all. How are you finding it upthewolves?
I had really high hopes reading everyone else's experiences. However I am going to continue taking it and will write again after labour as it may have an impact there.

upthewolves Sat 04-Jul-15 13:07:05

I bought some 1000mg EPO caps today, I am 35 weeks. I've seen some conflicting stuff online about how much to take so have just taken one today. Seeing midwife Thurs so was going to ask - anyone had any advice from midwives on this?

Also, does it matter what kind of capsule you use, are they all ok to use internally? I'm a bit wary about inserting one, does it all really just dissolve?!

Mybabies2015 Sat 04-Jul-15 01:12:05

Loved reading all comments I'm 34 weeks and have started taking epo.. Inserting one capsule before bed...with baby #1 I was induced and It was complicated baby#2 was only two days late and I took epo and worked wonders I'd say no tearing the birth was quicker.. Had a stretch and sweep few days before and things were ready I rate epo not to bring on labour but deffinalty prepares your body and helps in labour... Coincidence... I doubt smile

Gingerbreadlady1 Wed 29-Apr-15 22:32:37

Hi. Im also 37+2, think i'll start them orally & see how it goes.

littlemumma3 Wed 29-Apr-15 18:28:27

I know this thread hasnt been uSed for a while. But thought id see how my experience goes.
Ive been taking epo from 35 wks orally. 2x 1000mg tabs.
Im now 37+2 and thinking of starting 1 capsule internally from tonight.
Sizing scan has baby at about 8lb at mo. My last son was 9 days early and 9lb 1oz so id rather be earlier than later.
Anyone else in similar weeks and fed up?!!

mumxof3x Tue 30-Dec-14 18:50:48

I used epo from 34 weeks with ds2 and 3 as I went over and ds1 was induced I wanted to avoid that again. My labour with ds2 started on his due date and labour with ds3 at 37 weeks. I do think it helped but who knows x

MamaJenn029 Tue 30-Dec-14 18:27:10

Just to revive the post again, I'm 38 weeks tomorrow and tried 2 EPO vaginally lastnight so hopefully it'll get things moving. Hoping to try acupuncture next week too and have baby early. Measurements are about 41 weeks already and as my first was 9lb I've been told to expect 10lb. Yikes! Would love to hear how everyone ended up going with the EPO

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

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.

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

howd it go jelly? x

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

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 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

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

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

kilkers how far along are you?

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.

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!

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.

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

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 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

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

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

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...

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