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Complement Ther Med. 2014 Apr;22(2):220-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.11.011. Epub 2014 Jan 31.

The effect of olive oil and the Saj® cream in prevention of striae gravidarum: A randomized controlled clinical trial.

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  • 1Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran.
  • 2Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran. Electronic address: swt_f@yahoo.com.
  • 3Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the clinical efficacy of olive oil and the Saj(®) cream on the occurrence and severity of striae gravidarum.

DESIGN:

Parallel randomized controlled clinical trial.

SETTING:

West Health Centre, Lolagar and Akbarabadi Hospitals, Tehran, Iran.

INTERVENTIONS:

360 Nulliparous women at their second trimester of pregnancy randomly (simple randomization) allocated into three groups of olive oil, the Saj(®) cream, and control that finally 150 of them (50 subjects in each group) completed the study. Control group did not receive any medication/intervention. At gestational age of 38-40 weeks the participants were evaluated regarding the occurrence of striae on abdominal skin and its severity that were primary outcome of the study.

RESULTS:

In the olive oil group, striae occurred in 72% of the participants, which were mild, moderate, and severe in 32%, 26%, and 6% of the cases, respectively. In those who received Saj(®) cream, striae occurred in 64% of the cases, which were mild, moderate and severe in 16%, 34%, and 14% of the cases, respectively. With regard to the control group, striae occurred in 60% of the participants, among which striae were mild, moderate, and severe in 22%, 24%, and 14% of the cases, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences among the three studied groups regarding the incidence or severity of striae.

CONCLUSION:

Neither olive oil nor the Saj(®) cream were effective in preventing the occurrence of striae gravidarum or affecting its severity. Further studies to examine the effect of other herbal/chemical preparations on occurrence of striae gravidarum are recommended.

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KEYWORDS:

Olive oil; Prevention; Striae of pregnancy; The Saj(®) cream; Treatment

PMID:
24731892
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