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EPI-NO Balloon - Opinions?

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#1 LGC307

Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:10 PM

Hi Everyone

I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of/used/recommends/doesn't the EIP-NO balloon for prepping for birth?

All opinions/inslights gratefully received - cos they're not cheap!


Edited by LGC307, 23 January 2014 - 01:12 PM.

#2 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:29 PM

I don't belong in your DIG, I came in through we are discussing. I used an Epi-no and didn't tear at all, just had internal grazing that made weeing stingy but no stitches required!

I don't know if I can thank the Epi-no for that or not. The midwives were great at easing him out and telling me when/how to push.

I don't regret using it though, I was terrified of tearing and it put my mind at ease and got me a little used to the stretching sensation if nothing else.

#3 MsBusy123

Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:39 PM

I used one because my OB recommended it for my second birth. I had to have an episiotomy for my first, and I didn't even have a graze for my second.

My SIL also used one for her third birth after having quite bad tears for her first two.

So, thumbs up from me!

#4 Elippo

Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:39 PM

I am not in your DIG (I am March 2014) I did my ante natal courses with a private midewife and she thought that the epi no was amazing! Unfortunately I have some medical conditions that mean I cannot use it - so make sure you chat to your care provider.

#5 liiac

Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:41 PM

I bought myself Epi-no a few days ago. The manual says it could also be used for pelvic floor muscle exercises in early pregnancy. I tried that once and it was a bit silly. I think I could as well do the same exercises myself without Epi-no.
But I am very curious to try Epi-no for stretching exercises on later stages to prepare for labour. It looks like it could actually work. The device is easy to use and I think it wouldn't hurt trying.

#6 JuliaD

Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:52 PM

I've heard great things about the Epi-No, but didn't use one during my own pregnancy. The only reason I tore during delivery was DS decided to stick his hand up by his head to wave hello on his way out. I don't think an Epi-No would prevent tearing from something like this? Correct me if I'm wrong!
The midwives don't believe I would have torn at all if DS had his hand down.

Anyway, my point is, you may not tear anyway during delivery even without using the Epi-No, and even if you use the Epi-No but then deliver a baby in an interesting position like I did, chances are you will tear anyway (maybe).

#7 LGC307

Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:11 PM

Thanks girls, that's really interesting.  I think you're right JuliaD, you may or may not tear anyway, but It's interesting that people who have used it didn't.  It can't not help, really!

It's something (else!) to ponder.... :)

Has anyone paid less than $180 for it anywhere?

#8 Mumma bug

Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:27 PM

I also had a good experience with the EpiNo. No tearing or stitches just a minor graze. My Obgyn and the physio at the hospital both recommended it. You do have to be prepared to push yourself a bit - I found it a bit scary at first, but I also think it helped me during the crowning stage as the sensation wasn't completely unfamiliar.

#9 LGC307

Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:29 PM

Thanks Mumma bug, that's a good point too.

#10 Penguin78

Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

I uses the Epi No but had to have an episiotomy anyway for other reasons.

However found it good for my confidence because I got to ten cms and felt like I could acheive it in labor.

I guess they recommend perineum massage anyway so saves on that.

#11 Frooti

Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:17 PM

I used one.

Only used it a handful of times and never got to maximum inflation.

Also had a midwife who massaged my perineum.

I didn't tear. Next time I will be using it more, just in case I don't have a midwife as fantastic as last time.

#12 Amy 1976

Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:47 PM

I used one from 36 weeks. My DS was born at 37 weeks 2 days so I only used it about 7 times. I had a minor tear requiring 7 stitches which healed fast and completely. My whole labour was under 2 hours and my son was out in only a couple of pushes. I expect if my labour had not been so fast, I would not have torn at all.

I used epi no on the advice of my obstetrician. She recommends it highly (if you don't have any conditions that mean you shouldn't use it).

I felt it helped give me confidence that I could birth my baby and prepared me not to panic during crowning.

#13 Contrebasse

Posted 26 January 2014 - 09:12 PM

I used it and still had a 3rd degree tear! But I did see a study that said it reduced the likelihood of tearing and episiotomy, so if you can afford it I guess it's worth a shot.

#14 mumma1974

Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:38 PM

I'm wondering how long it took for people to notice a difference when using the Epi-No? I'm 38 weeks pregnant and have been using the Epi-No for over a week now but I don't seem to have progressed with the perineum stretching exercises.  When I take the balloon out, it always measures 4cm diameter, which is not even on the measurement chart (too low!).  I feel as though I'm putting more air in each time but then when it's time to take the balloon out, it's only at 4cm.  Also, the instructions advise to try to expel the balloon to experience the sensation of birth, however it is as if the balloon is just sitting at the entrance to my vagina and is extremely easy to remove just with my hand.  I'm getting very frustrated with my progress and losing confidence as I can't see how I'm going to progress the balloon to a diameter of 10cm in the next 2 weeks (or less) if my reading of 4cm is so low that it's not even on the charts yet! Has anyone else experienced this? Advice greatly appreciated!!!

#15 laurababy

Posted 09 July 2015 - 03:37 PM

I live in the US :huh: And unfortunately can't get Epi-No here legally/ considered Ebay but of course it's either used or pricey and honestly, not too many are for sale (right now only 2 are).  Anyone willing to sell it to me ?  I desparately would like to buy one from someone who maybe bought it, used it a few times, figured it wasn't for them since they needed a C section or something?  

I really want one since I need to go back to work ASAP after giving birth.  WIlling to try anything...Thanks for helping me!

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