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December 18th, 2010, 11:19 AM
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When I was at the grocery store the other night I saw they were clearing out some EPO so I took it as a sign and bought it. What is the dosage for internally? When do I start it? Is this something I should wait until after my due date to use or is it a primer like the red raspberry leaf tea?
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December 18th, 2010, 06:05 PM
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I start using it at 36/37wks. I believe I start w/ 1 500mg capsule and at 38/39wks move up to 1,000.

Make sure you know if your capsules are 250mg each or 500mg (you don't want to use too many! lol).

Some people don't notice a change w/ EPO but I swear by them. With Kailey I'd put a pad on at night, lay down, sterilize a needle, poke a hole in each capsule and insert them as far as I could get them. About 10-15min later I'd start getting contrax/BHs each night.

You can also break them open and use them as lubrication for intercourse

Same thing happened w/ Nola too when using them.

Oh, I just realized maybe you're thinking of taking them like regular pills? I'm talking about inserting them in the vagina. It helps ripen the cervix and loosen things up

Very good to use for perineal massage as well or AKA 4-play w/ DH
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December 18th, 2010, 07:48 PM
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My MW recommends 1000 mg I believe. She just okeyed me to use it started at 35 weeks. I'm doing 1 pill orally right now, and will start them vaginally around 37 weeks. The pills I got were 1300 mg but she says it's not a problem.
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December 18th, 2010, 08:10 PM
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^ With Nola my MW suggested doing it orally if I didn't want to do it vaginally. I tried it orally and I never noticed a difference. Every time I'd do it vaginally though I'd start getting the BH's/Contrax so I just kept doing it vaginally. I wish it'd work orally on me, much less messy
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December 18th, 2010, 08:17 PM
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I started at 34w with Brylie...500mg vaginally, at 35w I went to 1000mg vaginally, and at 36w I started 1000mg orally and 1000mg vaginally.....at 37w (when I was induced for pre-e) I was not even like 1% effaced! So they didn't do much for me. I'll probably do the same course this time, just in hopes that my cervix will cooperate a little more
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December 18th, 2010, 09:00 PM
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I took 1000mg daily starting at 35 weeks with Avery, then at 38 weeks I started inserting the same dosage vaginally. I was 4cm dilated at 39 weeks (now, I walked around like that for 9 days before she was born ). I had a very quick labor with her. It took about 3 hours of hard labor to get to 5cm & then I went from 5 to 10 in around 30 mins. I don't know if it was the EPO or the fact that she was my 2nd, but I'd certainly do it again.
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thanks for asking....i was wondering this as well.
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December 19th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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Thank you ladies for all your answers! I figure it can't hurt so why not..
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Thaks for sharing....do you guys take them orally & insert them? Or is it one or the other?
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You can do one or the other or even both

I personally didn't find taking them orally to do anything, but every night after I inserted them I'd start having strong BHs.
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December 19th, 2010, 07:33 PM
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With my 1st I did not take any and never dialated to more than 1cm until I went into labor. This past time I took EPO orally (1000) starting at about 36 weeks and I was running around at 6cm by 39 weeks. I do not know if it was the EPO or something else but I would definitely take it again.
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December 19th, 2010, 09:26 PM
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I started at 34 weeks taking 3000mg orally at 38 weeks I went to 4000mg orally...

My water broke at 38 weeks, the same day I increased my dose. I was 1cm and 70% effaced when I went into the hospital, I believe it helped... and I will do it again for the next pregnancies...
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I took 1000mg orally starting at 36 weeks. By 39.5 weeks I was 4cm dilated at 90% effaced and went into labor that night. I definitely think it helped
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December 20th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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With my 1st I did not take any and never dialated to more than 1cm until I went into labor. This past time I took EPO orally (1000) starting at about 36 weeks and I was running around at 6cm by 39 weeks. I do not know if it was the EPO or something else but I would definitely take it again.
6cm?! wow!! lol
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