A commonly asked question when it comes to permanent laser hair removal is if it’s safe to undergo whilst pregnant or trying to conceive. This article explores the pros and cons of laser hair removal at this time.
When a woman is pregnant, superfluous hair growth can take place, particularly on the stomach, areola and other places where it may not have been before. This is common because of the hormonal changes that are occurring in the body. It is also why many women feel that permanent removal of the hair by laser may be the answer at this time.
But does this expose the foetus to risk? The fact is, there has been no links of birth defects as a result of hair removal by laser. A perfectly healthy pregnant woman has a 3% risk of birth defects and 15% miscarriage rate, no matter what.
There is also a myth that the laser can affect the process of conception, and that it isn’t safe to use one while trying to conceive. Again, there is no evidence to suggest this is true.
However, the other side of the argument regarding treatment while pregnant is that some feel there just isn’t enough evidence to truly clarify any possible side effects. Additionally, the complications of pregnancy and hormonal changes can also alter pain thresholds, with the possibility of making the procedure more painful than normal for some.
The thing to remember is that the extra hair growth during pregnancy is only temporary and after the birth, this hair can simply fall out by itself. Investing in this type of permanent removal of the hair by laser at this time would be a waste of both time and money, and is a good reason to wait until after the pregnancy before going for laser hair removal treatment. If you booked treatment before you conceived, play it safe and postpone it until after the baby arrives.
Because there isn’t enough definitive proof that it’s safe, many clinics will refuse to treat pregnant women for laser hair removal. This is purely for reasons of safety, both for the patient and the foetus. Often the clinic’s insurers won’t allow laser hair removal treatment during pregnancy anyway.