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    Everything you need to know about IPL hair removal in pregnancy


    Many women like to maintain their grooming regime, including when they’ve got a baby on the way. The body changes massively during pregnancy, so continuing your usual body care regime can help to bring some normality to this exciting but very different time. So, you’re probably wondering what options you have for hair removal in pregnancy, and how to remove hair from your private parts during pregnancy – especially when it gets difficult to reach!


    If IPL is your preferred hair removal method or you want to try it out for the first time, the question is: is it safe to perform IPL when pregnant? Below you will find the most important information about using IPL during pregnancy, and tips on the safe way to remove pubic hair in pregnancy.

    Can you use IPL when pregnant? The simple answer


    Can you do IPL when pregnant? The simple answer to this question is: no. You won’t be able to use IPL as a hair removal method during pregnancy in beauty salons. And you should also refrain from doing so at home.

    Is IPL safe during pregnancy? The legal answer


    If you’re wondering why the answer is no, it’s down to legal reasons. If side effects occur during the remaining time of the pregnancy or there are problems with the child after an IPL treatment, this would be an aspect that is immediately considered as a possible cause.

    Can you use IPL when pregnant? The technology explained


    Looking at the technology, it’s not clear that there would be any complications from IPL. Pregnancy is a precious time, however, so, out of caution, reputable beauty salons, doctors and professional device manufacturers advise against using IPL. Read advice from experts about IPL for more information.

    Is it safe to perform IPL when pregnant? The lack of data


    So we’ve explored the legal reasons and the technology behind IPL. Pregnancy is a time for erring on the side of caution, so it’s understandable that every caution should be taken. But the question definitely remains where these concerns about IPL hair removal during pregnancy come from.


    Here, too, there is a clear answer: it’s because there is not enough data. So far, no studies have been carried out on the subject of IPL during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Due to the possibility that there could be side effects, it is difficult for researchers to justify taking the risk of testing light-based hair removal methods on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers or setting up a study to collect data on the actual effects of IPL.

    Exceptions: When is IPL hair removal during pregnancy possible?


    Despite the general reluctance to allow IPL hair removal during pregnancy, there are exceptions. There may be medical reasons why your doctor gives you the green light for IPL.


    Because of the altered hormonal balance, pregnant women can experience increased hair growth. If this causes great discomfort or even psychological stress, a doctor might allow IPL treatment. Acne caused by hormonal fluctuations might also warrant using IPL. But you must always seek medical advice to receive specific advice for your circumstances.

    Other methods for hair removal in pregnancy


    Although we’ve discovered the answer is ‘no’ to the question ‘can you do IPL when pregnant?’ that doesn’t mean you have to go without smooth, hair-free legs, bikini areas and underarms during pregnancy. There are other options.


    So, what is a safe way to remove pubic hair in pregnancy? It’s understandable that many expectant mothers would want to know how to remove hair from their private parts during pregnancy. And you can do so safely by shaving.


    While the answer is ‘no’ to the question ‘is IPL safe during pregnancy?’ what about after pregnancy? It is sometimes recommended to wait 2 to 3 months after giving birth or after stopping breastfeeding before starting with IPL again.


    At this point, a few months post-pregnancy or post-breastfeeding, the world of IPL will open up for you once again. You will then have access to a plethora of options with a razor, epilator, wax or IPL home treatment with the Philips Lumea IPL 9000 Series. The SmartSkin sensor will safely determine the correct setting for your skin tone. If you’re new to the world of IPL, you can try it out with the Philips Lumea Try & Buy programme.


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