Taking medications at the hospital is the only reliable and safe way to induce labor, as of 2015, according to WebMD. Some people speculate about techniques, but these methods do not have any scientific basis, and they could be potentially harmful. It is important to speak to a qualified physician before attempting to self-induce labor.
One study suggests that acupuncture might help to induce labor, notes WebMD. Although there is no evidence that it is effective, some doctors recommend sexual intercourse as a way to induce labor. When attempting this method, it is important for the man to ejaculate inside the vagina, as the ejaculate contains substances similar to hormones that may cause contractions by stimulating the cervix. Before using sexual intercourse to induce labor, it is important to make sure that the water has not broken. The expectant mother should first consult a health care professional.
Methods used to self-induce labor include taking a long walk, eating spicy foods and taking a small amount of castor oil after the 38th week, reports WebMD. It is important to note that these methods may not be effective, and they may involve risk. The herbs cohosh and evening primrose oil might have potential as labor inducers, but they require additional research.