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A Caution for All Women
Evening primrose oil can be used for everything from getting pregnant to giving birth. There are times when evening primrose oil during pregnancy is safe and recommended, but you don’t want to use this oil all throughout your pregnancy.
Evening Primrose During Pregnancy
If you’re currently pregnant, you don’t want to use this oil unless you’re trying to nudge along the birthing process. This is one of the best natural methods to ripen the cervix and induce labor. And, you never want to induce labor until your baby has fully developed.
Doctors are still unsure of why this oil works so well.
The current thought process is that this oil softens and thins out the cervix. Furthermore, the linoleic acid may trigger a prostaglandin response in the body that starts the labor process. If you want to have an easy laboring process without difficulties and pain, it’s recommended that you take capsules around or after week 37. Oral capsules are sufficient, and some women will insert the oil into their vagina for better results.
Every medical history is unique, and the right method for you should be determined by your doctor.
The true effectiveness of evening primrose oil during pregnancy is still unknown. While many women and midwives recommend this oil, there has been no concrete evidence that the oil does, in fact, induce labor. There was even a study that indicated labor was prolonged when using this natural, labor-inducing oil.
Many mothers have found success with the oil when they:
- Took 2,000 mg per day.
- Were well into their pregnancy.
Trying evening primrose oil when TTC (trying to conceive) doesn’t come with any side effects, so the worst that can happen is that you don’t induce labor faster. Here is a video about evening primrose oil function during pregnancy.
Evening Primrose Oil and Fertility
Dozens of natural methods to increase fertility fail in comparison to evening primrose oil. Women that are having a difficult time getting pregnant or simply want to boost their chances of getting pregnant may find that this natural method is the best option.
Women across the world use evening primrose oil to get pregnant.
While this oil is known to help the cervix prepare for labor, it is also a very potent healer and is used often in alternative medicine. When taking this oil, the cervical mucus in the vaginal canal is affected.
Essentially, the mucus is healthier and more fertile.
Further benefits include helping the body balance out hormones. Many women have difficulty conceiving because their hormones are imbalanced. This can imbalance is corrected with evening primrose.
Chemically, when the oil is ingested, the gamma linoleic acid is converted to prostaglandins, which help the body function more efficiently.
Cervical mucus is a fundamental factor in pregnancy because sperm needs to flow through the cervix for impregnation to occur. The mucus allows sperm to move through the cervix freely so that it doesn’t get stuck in the cervix itself.
Cervical mucus also traps sperm that isn’t fit for fertilization.
Mucus inside of the cervix will be slippery and stretches so that the sperm can travel through the mucus with ease. When mucus is brown or cloudy, this indicates that the mucus is not suitable for fertilization and will obstruct sperm from moving through the cervix.
Women that are “dry” also have issues with fertilization. Evening primrose oil helps alleviate this dryness so that fertilization is easier.
It’s important to note that dosages higher than 3,000 mg can cause contractions. If you’ve become pregnant, stop all usage of this oil until the final weeks of pregnancy when inducing labor is recommended by your doctor.
Primrose oil has little-to-no side effects for most women.