Since before the time of Cleopatra, people have been using plant resins and flower oils for adornment, to balance emotions, and to enhance health. Using aromatherapy to support fertility treatments is becoming increasingly popular. The practice of aromatherapy is based on many traditional uses of natural plant oils and plant resins, including age old favorites like frankincense, peppermint, and lavender essential oils. Many women wonder if it is safe for them to use aromatherapy and essential oils while they are trying to conceive (TTC).
During the TTC stage when you’re trying to get pregnant, you will want to be especially careful not to use any essential oils that your doctor tells you to avoid, or oils that will interfere with fertility treatments you are undergoing. Some aromatherapy treatments or oils may counter indicate medical procedures such as IVF. This is because some essential oils could possibly affect your hormone levels, which are monitored and controlled very strictly during infertility treatments, so a few types of essential oils must be avoided while you are trying to get pregnant. Other aromatherapy treatments and oils are considered safe and are a pleasant way to enliven your senses as you prepare for pregnancy. As with many other holistic treatments, it is important to discuss the use of any essential oils with your health care practitioner or infertility doctor, particularly any treatments that are topically applied (massaged into the skin).
Generally, The use of a few drops of one of these essential oils on a pillow or in an aromatherapy be diffuser is considered safe during the TTC stage.
If your fertility doctor has told you it is safe for you to use essential oils during your infertility treatment, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
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