Evening Primrose Oil

Ever remember about this post; saya macham ibu mengandung?? I did mentioned that I went to the clinic to meet a Gynae about my period pain which I suffer every month, and what kind of procedures I went through.

But in this entry, I just want to share something that the Gynae told me. It was about the pills that I consume during my menstrual. Yes, I took Ponstan whenever I am experiencing menstrual cramps. I avoid taking any menstrual pills because it contains hormone.

The Gynae agreed that most of the women are hesitate to take pills which contains hormones to counter-attack the period cramps. This is because, women are afraid of the side effects for consuming those pills.

She gave me two types of pills to be taken during those cramps; Buscopan and Synflex. She also gave me one type of supplements which is Evening Primrose Oil (EPO). EPO is not a hormone pills.

evening primrose


This fact sheet provides basic information about evening primrose oil—common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Evening primrose is a plant native to North America, but it grows in Europe and parts of the Southern Hemisphere as well. It has yellow flowers that bloom in the evening. Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are required by the body for growth and development, and must be obtained from the diet.

Common Names—evening primrose oil, EPO

Latin NameOenothera biennis

What It Is Used For

  • Evening primrose oil has been used since the 1930s for eczema (a condition in which the skin becomes inflamed, itchy, or scaly because of allergies or other irritation).
  • More recently it has been used for other conditions involving inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Evening primrose oil is used for conditions affecting women’s health, such as breast pain associated with the menstrual cycle, menopausal symptoms, and premenstrual syndrome.
  • Other conditions for which evening primrose oil is used include cancer and diabetes.

How It Is Used

Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose. The oil is usually put into capsules for use.

What the Science Says

  • Evening primrose oil may have modest benefits for eczema, and it may be useful for rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain. However, study results are mixed, and most studies have been small and not well designed.
  • Evening primrose oil does not appear to affect menopausal symptoms.
  • Although some clinical trials have shown a benefit of evening primrose oil for premenstrual syndrome, the best-designed trials found no effect.
  • There is not enough evidence to support the use of evening primrose oil for other health conditions.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Evening primrose oil is well tolerated by most people. Mild side effects include gastrointestinal upset and headache.
  • Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

(taken from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/eveningprimrose/)

Which brand of Evening Primrose Oil is good?

This question is answered in a forum which I extracted from http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/783886

“Hi Kimiko

I agree with janetllc that Efamol is the best…
I recently spoke to a few pharmacists and they are reasoning to me why Efamol is the best not because they are working in a pharmacy.

I did my research and also was told that when buying EPO products, do check the % of GLA available in each capsule. The higher the %, the purer the EPO & it will be more effective. Having said that, Efamol is also the leading company in EPO research. The product itself is from UK and that each capsule contains 33% GLA…so, the expensive price we are paying is worth it.

I have came across people that I know taking Efamol and have seen great results over the years but then for acne-proned skin, it has to be taken at least 3-6mths before you will notice the results…and acne popping during the initial stage of consuming is perfectly normal as the oil is working on balancing your hormone…

As for other brand, their GLA % is low per capsule and even if 1300mg EPO, you are only getting 80mg of GLA where else…Efamol offers about 115mg per 1000mg (meaning two 500mg capsules) …. so, you are paying for something worth the price…

I also found that instead of buying at Watson’s or Guardian…getting Efamol at independent pharmacy or not so popular pharmacy like Caring….you might get even cheaper price on sales period….For instant, say at Guardian, you might need to pay RM245 for twin pack (250+free 50 capsule) = 600 capsules… but at independent pharmacy or Caring MidValley, now the selling price is RM229 for twin packs or RM123++ for 300 capsule per bottle…..Check them out…

Alyson Y”


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