EPO

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Illiana's picture
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EPO

I'm not pregnant or anything but I had a question. In my local Natural birth group we are having a discussion on EPO. Apparently they are being told (by midwives) not to take EPO that it causes prom and hemorrhaging. *I* have never heard this before and even used it with one or both pregnancies (i really can't remember if i used it with #2 or not). Now I haven't seen and studies or new research to support this and I know you ladies are full of info and research.. Have any of you ever heard this before? Any input would be appreciated. I'm going with the motto that until I see some hard facts etc.

Joined: 09/29/09
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I can't imagine EPO would be potent enough to cause prom or hemorrhage. I could be wrong, but I have never heard a negative thing about it. I used it the last 3 weeks in both pregnancies. Both babies came past their due dates, +6 and +3. I used 3-4 capsules internally at night. I progressed very fast in both labors. I have never heard of EPO doing much more than ripening a cervix, and defintely not something that could induce labor. I'd be interested too in other information!

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Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which in large doses might slow blood clotting. This isn't usually a concern for most normal women, but anyone with a history of clotting or bleeding problems shouldn't take it. Certain anti-seizure drugs and anti-psychotic drugs interact with GLA so you also shouldn't take EPO if you're taking one of those drugs. But for most women, the dose to ripen the cervix is perfectly safe.

ETA: link to the National Institutes of Health page with info about EPO
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1006.html

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Not answering your question, but I did run across a blog post before about cervical scar tissue and EPO. I can't find the original source I read that had more info, but found this quickly: http://www.birthresourcenetwork.org/blog/98-cervical-scar-tissue-a-big-issue-that-no-one-is-talking-about

Illiana's picture
Joined: 09/29/05
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Spacers that's similar info to what I've found. They were saying that it's been new info to come out in the last year, but of course don't have any links or anything confirming that. Thanks ladies.

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