February 2013 Moms

EPO question- I know, sorry!

I know this has been discussed before, but that darn search feature doesn't work!  For those taking Evening Primrose Oil, what method are you using and what dosage?  My OB says I can try it if I want to but didn't give me specifics, and I am finding conflicting dosage information.  Any help would be greatly appreciated! 
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Re: EPO question- I know, sorry!

  • I took 4 1000mg a day starting at 4
    36w. I started out taking all 4 orally and at 37w took one at night vaginally.
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  • http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(06)01323-8/fulltext

    This says one capsule "thrice a day" ;) What mg I am not sure, I would assume 1000mg  , you can also take one vaginally. I would start with smaller dosage then build up, and not do vaginally until 37 weeks. Be warned I was taking them, and wow talk about sick to my stomach, I had to stop. Hopefully they will work out well for  you!

     
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  • I was told one vaginally and one orally from 37 weeks, and up to 2 orally at 38. I am personally not going beyond that. They are 1000mg tablets. This was from my doula though, not my OB - she didn't have dosage recommendations.
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  • I'm doing one orally in the morning and one vaginally in the evening ( both 1000mg) I got the go ahead from my midwives at 35 1/2 weeks as EPO doesn't put you into labour just can help with your cervix. But that's just what my mid wives say, everyone is different.
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  • Great, thanks so much everyone! I am know it won't induce labor, just hoping it will help soften my cervix.  I will be 37 weeks tomorrow so I will start trying then.  

    For those who use it vaginally, I know to use it at night (and will wear a pad)... has anyone had any issues leaking the next day? Thanks! 

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  • I don't leak a ton out a night, I sleep on a towel just in case, but I have to wear a panty liner the next morning for a couple hours, I usually have a shower though because it can be kind of sticky :S.
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  • I had started with a pad and found it overkill. I use liners now. I usually "evacuated" most of it with middle-of-the-night bathroom trips by the morning, it hasn't really leaked during the night, and what does come out is really negligible :) not as messy as I was expecting!
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