If you’ve ever wondered what Evening Primrose Oil is and how you should use it, don’t look any further. You may be surprised by what you learn about this supplement!
What is Evening Primrose Oil?
Evening Primrose Oil (or oenothera), a plant-based oil, is thought to aid in the women’s fertility process and be helpful to the body in various ways:
• Treat various skin conditions – rosacea, acne eczema
• Relief of PMS discomfort
• Relief of swelling and joint pain
And, although it’s known to offer these other benefits, it’s known more for its benefit to help women conceive.
How does Evening Primrose Oil help with fertility?
The key benefit of this supplement, in terms of fertility, is its assistance in generating fertile-quality cervical mucus. When it comes to conception, it’s extremely important that you have this cervical mucus. There are two key reasons for this:
• The sperm holds onto it and can quickly travel through the uterus.
• The sperm can stay alive within the body for up to five days, which gives you additional fertile time.
To boost the amount of cervical mucus being produced, Evening Primrose Oil is an option worth considering.
How should you use Evening Primrose Oil?
You can usually find the evening primrose oil in the form of a soft gelcap oral medication, usually in over-the-counter format. It can be found on the Internet or in your local health food store. If you’ve tested positive on a pregnancy test, you need to stop taking Evening Primrose Oil immediately, as it can cause complications with the pregnancy. It should be taken with food to avoid a distressed stomach at the lowest dosage possible until you know how it will work for you.
Be careful using Evening Primrose Oil
It’s vitally important that you know what can happen if you use evening primrose oil during pregnancy. The supplement has been known to result in uterine contractions, harmful to the growing embryo and pregnancy. It’s even been known to induce miscarriages. Therefore, if you think you could be pregnant you should immediately stop using Evening Primrose Oil.
The majority of women will use Evening Primrose Oil up to ovulation and stop its use until their next period to ensure they’re not using it when they may possibly be pregnant.
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This post has been updated since its original publication in 2014.