Effects of olive oil on striae gravidarum in the second trimester of pregnancy.

Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Complementary therapies in clinical practice 08/2011; 17(3):167-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.10.003
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ABSTRACT This study was performed in order to determine the effects of olive oil on striae gravidarum (SG) occurring within the second trimester of pregnancy. The intervention group, applied olive oil on their abdominal skin area twice a day until the end of the study term. The control group did not use any oil. Striae occurred in 40% of women using olive oil whilst striae were noted to occur in 50% of the control group. There was no significant difference between the intervention and control groups. This study notes that the use of olive oil to the end of the second trimester in pregnancy was not effective in reducing the occurrence of striae gravidarum.

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