Vaginal Popsicles – Hope or Hype?

Playing Hope or Hype: OB/GYN Edition

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The Doctors examine the latest DIY trends related to pregnancy and giving birth with OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry to find out if they are hope or hype.

Vaginal Popsicles – Due to the swelling, bruises and tearing during childbirth, Dr. Landry explains that one technique involves filling a condom with water, freezing it and then applying to it to the outside of the vagina. She recommends placing it between your body and a sanitary pad, which will absorb any leaking water. She stresses to not insert the frozen object it into your body, to not apply for too long or reuse the condom.

The verdict – Hope!

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Primrose oil to induce labor? – The oil will cause the body to release prostaglandins, which can help to soften the cervix. She explains that some people take the oil, available in capsules, orally and others insert the capsules vaginally. She cautions the oil is not approved by the FDA and notes that there are not enough studies to prove it is even effective. She says some studies found it caused women to have a longer labor.

The verdict – Hype!

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Dr. Landry’s take away of, “Healthy mom, healthy baby,” is something to keep in mind before trying any new product related to your pregnancy.