Electrolysis hair removal treatments can be done while pregnant. There have been no findings that electrolysis harms the fetus or mother during pregnancy. Electrolysis, when correctly performed, is safe while pregnant with specific parameters.
Three modalities can be performed during electrolysis treatments: thermolysis, blend, and galvanic. Thermolysis is the recommended method for pregnant women. Blend and galvanic currents travel through the body and are attracted to moisture. The sac surrounding the fetus during pregnancy is filled with amniotic fluid. This moisture present may cause unknown reactions to the currents, so it's best to steer clear. If an electrologist decides to perform blend or galvanic treatments, there are ways to deter the current from passing through the abdomen. Discuss with your electrologist what precautions they will implement; if the methods, blend, or galvanic are selected.
Electrolysis using any modality should be avoided during the first three months of pregnancy. In this first trimester, customarily known as high risk, essential precautions such as avoiding stress should be followed to prevent complications. In addition, significant changes occur between the mother and fetus in the first trimester as the body undergoes developments to support the pregnancy. Again, no findings support any harmful effects of electrolysis while pregnant. Still, electrolysis can put stress on the body in reaction to the treatment, and stress during such a critical phase should be avoided if possible.
Electrolysis with any modality should also be avoided during the last three months of pregnancy on the abdomen and breast. During the last trimester, the abdomen and breasts can be very sensitive, and electrolysis should be avoided so as not to worsen or prolong the sensation, especially if you're going to breastfeed.
Discuss your options with your electrologist if you want to start or continue electrolysis hair removal treatments while pregnant. You can also consult your primary care doctor; some electrologists may require consent from your physician before beginning treatments.