Post # 1
I have an appointment with my specialist on Thursday to discuss my FET plan, hopefully with my upcoming cycle.
I am thinking about going to get my nails painted this weekend (shellac) for a special occasion dinner. The literature I received on FET said to avoid strong chemicals like oven cleaner after transfer, but did not say anything about nail polish.
Would nail polish be harmful for the FET procedure itself? I had gel nails for many years and I remember the smells being strong in the nail salon. I thought maybe it might be less if I were to just have my nails painted.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and have a great day! 🙂
Post # 2
So exciting, congrats on your upcoming transfer!
For the nail stuff, I think I would skip it, personally. Phthalates can be found in a lot of nail polishes and they have been found to lower egg quality and cause birth defects in baby boys. I didn’t really know much of anything about phthalates or how many things they were in until I recently read “It Starts with the Egg”, the author talks a lot about phthalates and fertility, but it definitely made me want to try to minimize exposure even though they’re virtually impossible to avoid altogether.
However, if this is something that you’ve really been looking forward to and you’d be really crushed to have to cancel, a one time nail salon visit probably isn’t enough to do any significant harm. Plenty of women get their nails done through TTC and pregnancy and have no issues, we all have different “risks” we’re willing to take and different comfort levels with various situations. I’m sure you’ve got enough to worry about and have deprived yourself of enough stuff throughout the whole TTC process, so do whatever you think you’ll feel best about. If you’ll feel better after treating yourself to a manicure, then go for it, but if you’re going to be fretting about the possible risks, then just skip it for the time being. Best of luck!
Post # 3
I would skip it…then you don’t have to worry!
Post # 4
I think it would be fine. You’re not having the FET this week are you? If it’s in a few weeks time then fumes this weekend shouldn’t be an issue.
Post # 5
Thank you for the replies, ladies. Now that I have seen my specialist, I know that my transfer will be delayed by several weeks (due to potential OHSS at retrieval). I agree that the chemicals can be risky near and after transfer time. Definitely gives me something to think about.
Have a fantastic weekend, ladies! 😀