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Vaginal yeast infections are a common
problem during pregnancy. They may be caused by high
estrogen levels. These infections aren't a risk to the pregnancy. But they can cause uncomfortable symptoms.
are pregnant and have vaginal infection symptoms, see your doctor. Don't assume that your
symptoms are caused by a harmless yeast infection. If you have
bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection
(STI), such as
chlamydia, you will need treatment to prevent
problems during pregnancy.
If you are
pregnant, do not use nonprescription yeast infection medicine unless you discuss it with your doctor first. Experts recommend that during pregnancy:footnote 1
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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2015. MMWR, 64(RR-03): 1–137. http://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015. Accessed July 2, 2015. [Erratum in MMWR, 64(33): 924. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6433a9.htm?s_cid=mm6433a9_w. Accessed January 25, 2016.]
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDeborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofFebruary 25, 2016
Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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