Choices of Recommended
The gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in evening primrose and borage oils have well-known cervical softening properties and have been used my midwives, physicians, and all kinds of healthcare providers and supporters and a gentle way to help cervixes soften and open in a variety of contexts. Very little research has proven benefits, but experience shows efficacy.
The GLA content of borage oil is higher than that of evening primrose oil, and borage oil is often considerably cheaper. However, you’ll want to source the highest quality you can afford, and there’s often more a variety of quality, including high quality, evening primrose oil available.
Whichever you take, you can choose to take it orally or vaginally. I see slightly faster/better results with vaginal administration, but it’s up to you!
Oral: take two capsules twice daily
Vaginal: insert two capsules vaginally as high up as they can go before you lie down to sleep. Consider sleeping on a towel or with a pantiliner as it might leak.
You can also get oil that is not contained in capsules, or open the capsules to get the oil, and put it on your finger and apply it directly to your cervix if you feel comfortable with that.
Again, you’ll have to do this for a few days (in the case of someone not pregnant or in early pregnancy), or a few weeks (in the case of advanced pregnancy) to see results.
At 36 weeks you should start taking 2 capsules orally every day. Then at 37 weeks you can add 2 capsules vaginally at night when you go to bed every night. Be sure to discuss these directions with your midwife.