Sunday, May 16, 2010

Evening Primrose Oil ....How do you use it?

I have read all sorts of things....do you pp the capsule and put it inside you or just put the pill in or do you take them orally? Becuz I've read all 3.

Evening Primrose Oil ....How do you use it?
Evening primrose oil is an excellent source of prostaglandins, which we already determined readies your cervix for labor. It can be taken orally as soon as 34 weeks, and can be applied directly to the cervix at full term (36 weeks). The general recommendation is two 500mg


capsules per day until week 38, at which time you increase to 3-4 per day. The entire capsule can be inserted vaginally (inserted just before bed, it will dissolve before the first time you wake to use the bathroom), or you can use the oil on your fingers for your perineal massage, then also rub on your cervix (assuming you can reach it). Applying directly to the cervix is optimal, but the beneficial ingredients are absorbed through the external skin or the stomach also......HOWEVER, it is not proven to start labor if that's what you're wanting to use it for. It's best to just wait it out and let the baby come when he/she is ready.
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Ripening the Cervix with Borage Oil or Evening Primrose Oil





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I put some borage oil on my glove (with my client's informed consent) and did an exam. I didn't strip the membranes and could not even reach the cervix because it was too far posterior. Those who are overdue ( or even before if desired) can take a capsule at night orally and put one in the vagina to melt.





Apparently Borage seed oil works because the GLAs have prostaglandin precursors which start labor. Black currant seed and Evening Primrose are other options that supposedly work too but have fewer GLAs and may be cheaper to purchase.











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I usually squirt Evening Primrose on to my fingers and separate the cervix from the membranes, making sure to get the oil all over the cervix. Then I sometimes just put one or two capsules into the vagina. They dissolve there. I wouldn't do that at a hospital birth however, because The MD might be shocked to see those little capsules born with the baby!











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I have good success with using EPO with VBAC mums. One went from unripe cervix to delivery 6 days later. I get them to use an oral dose of three 500 mg caps/day.











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Evening Primrose Oil acts as a prostaglandin, which ripens or softens the cervix. It's also useful for softening scar tissue from abortions or IUD damage. This will soften/ripen the cervical tissues and increase the flexibility of the pelvic ligaments. This will help the baby to deeply engage in the pelvis. This early application of the baby's head will assist with dilation and should result in a relatively easy birth, even after multiple C-sections for "stalled" labor. Evening Primrose Oil may be helpful for women with borderline pelvises as well. The utilization of Evening Primrose Oil seems to enhance the complex set of biochemical messages that initiate labor.





You can take evening primrose oil, orally, in the last four weeks of your pregnancy. You should take three evening primrose oil capsules daily for the first week (36th week of gestation) and then one to two capsules a day for the last three weeks of pregnancy.











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2X/day oral and suppository starting at your due date or the week before, check with your midwife first.











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My midwife told me to take Evening Primrose oil (gel-caps) 3X's per day and to insert 2 in the vagina at bedtime--you must stay laying down or else they fall out.











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Evening Primrose oil can soften the cervix. My midwife recommends taking 3 capsules per day for the last 4 to 6 weeks. However, it doesn't START labor, only prepares the cervix. It is not an emmenagogue or get more oxytocin into your system.











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My friend's doctor said you should never insert anything into the vaginal canal. My friend used it and got an infection and a bad irritation to inserting it into her. Please just post that use with caution. I wouldn't want anyone else to be hurt like this. Thank you.











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This information seems contradictory.





Does this doctor ever do cervical exams during pregnancy? Do they recommend no sexual intercourse during pregnancy? If sexual intercourse is OK, do they suggest using condoms so that semen isn't put into the vagina? Semen is much more powerful than evening primrose oil, although they contain some of the same active ingredients.





All of those involve inserting something into the vagina.





Obviously, anything inserted into the vagina should be clean and not harmful to the tissues, but evening primrose oil is less likely to cause infection than a penis.

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