I've never tried to jump start my own labor bc I've always had to be induced early anyhow but primrose oil is actually a very old and trusted method for inducing labor. There are a lot of scary side affects to being medically induced that aren't associated with the oil.
Thanks for answering. I didn't know evening primrose oil has been around for awhile but I was just confused because I thought there was some real scientific data that shows its effectiveness. But there wasn't anything.
Just an old wives tale like castor oil and pineapple. No scientific data to prove it actually works. If you really are desperate to get your labor going than try some of them. Who knows maybe they will work maybe they wont.
If you do some research into the drugs used for induction specifically cytotec, as mentioned by the previous poster, you will find a lot more to be worried about than evening primrose oil. I'm not sure where you're finding info that evening primrose oil is harmful, but honestly, the fda is a little more than sketchy and the simple fact that they haven't decided to study it enough to approve it doesn't exactly indicate that it's bad, just that it might not be a big money maker and is therefore not worth their time. That being said, I am 100% in support of people doing their own research when ANYTHING is recommended to them by any Healthcare professional, and there ARE some not so good midwives out there, just as the are some not so good doctors, but suggesting evening primrose oil is not an indicator of that. I've been taking it, and know many others who have/are taking it, some swear by it, some classify it as possibly helping but not necessarily, but not one has been harmed by it. Definitely don't take it if you're uncomfortable with it but don't distrust your midwife over it either. It's been being recommended by midwives for ages.
PS no intention of being rude there, if I came across that way. Like I said, I am totally supportive of people doing their own research on anything that suggested to them!
The FAD doesn't regulate any herbal Supplements, especially if its claimed all natural. They mainly regulate "stuff" that mixed with other stuff. Lol
But EPO is my go to wonder pill, I dialated to a 4cm without experiencing any contractions. My cervix was nice and ripe when I got to the hospital.
You'll have to trust someone, or wait for Labor to run its course.
If your midwife recommended it then i would just go with it. She knows what she is talking about. Midwives are all about the natural process. It isn't safer to get medically induced... can cause lots of complications.
Thanks guys. Honestly I didn't do any research on what they use to medically induce. It seems I may have over reacted a bit lol. It's nice to have this forum so I can vent and ask questions.
Evening primrose oil also helps with irregular periods lol just saying. Its natural thats prob why its not fda approved. I think most natural stuff is not.