Evening Primrose Oil?

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Registered: 12-13-2007
Evening Primrose Oil?
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:22am
I'm just starting to learn about this. Does it work to ripen the cervix? I'm pretty desperate because I found out yesterday that if labor doesn't start on it's own, I'll have to have another c/s.Last time I never dilated, even with cervadil.

How much do you take and how do you take it?
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Registered: 08-20-2004
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 7:44am

I have no clue about that,

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Registered: 06-12-2005
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 9:37am

You can take 3 capsules a day, but they recommend you start at 34 weeks. I stated at 37 weeks and it helps, but who knows what the outcome would have been if I didn't take it. The best form is vaginally. You just insert a tablet and it gets absorbed. It won't speed anything up or put you in labor. I'm 2 days away from my due date so theres your proof lol

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Registered: 02-07-2007
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 10:46am
I've used this for 2 pregnancies, for it to even work at all you have to already be softening and dilating. You take 1 capsule by mouth in the AM and one at night and starting around 36 weeks one vaginally inserted at night.

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Registered: 05-14-2003
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 11:18am
It is one of those things that who knows if it really does anything at all. I took it for a few weeks but now I stopped. I took it during my last pregnancy from 36 weeks to 42 weeks and I still had the cervix of steel for the last few days of my pregnancy.