Just doing some forum searching this morning and came across some advice... Taking evening primrose oil, orally and vaginally is said to help ripen the cervix, much like raspberry leaf tea! Though I would share.... I have some in the cupboard and may try this anything to stop tearing etc and give a smoother labour plus, raspberry leaf tea is not the nicest of things to drink! Evening primrose oil is an excellent source of prostaglandins, which prepare your cervix for labour. It can be taken orally as soon as 34 weeks, and can be applied directly to the cervix at 36 weeks. The general recommendation is two 500mg capsules per day until week 38, at which time you increase to 3-4 per day. Applying directly to the cervix is optimal, but the beneficial ingredients are absorbed through the external skin of the stomach as well. anyone used it before? heard of it?