Vaginal Yeast Infection During Pregnancy
Reference Vaginal yeast infections Opens New Window are a common problem during pregnancy, likely caused by high Reference estrogen Opens New Window levels. Although these infections don't endanger a pregnancy, they can cause unbearable symptoms.
If you are pregnant and have vaginal infection symptoms, don't assume that your symptoms are caused by a harmless yeast infection. Instead, see your doctor to make sure that you don't have some other condition that could endanger your pregnancy. If you have Reference bacterial vaginosis Opens New Window or a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as Reference gonorrhea Opens New Window or Reference chlamydia Opens New Window, you will need treatment to prevent pregnancy complications.
If you are pregnant, do not use nonprescription yeast infection medicine without first discussing your symptoms with your doctor. Experts recommend that during pregnancy:Reference 1
- Vaginal medicines, such as creams or vaginal suppositories, be used for yeast infection treatment.
- Only certain medicines should be used. Nonprescription medicines include clotrimazole (such as Gyne-Lotrimin), miconazole (such as Monistat), terconazole (such as Terazol), and butoconazole (such as Femstat).
- Treatment should be used for 7 days (it can take longer than usual to cure a yeast infection during pregnancy).
In the past, nystatin (such as Mycostatin) was the drug of choice for the first trimester of pregnancy. But now all vaginal medicines are considered safe during pregnancy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology