Skip to Content

Vaginal Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

Topic Overview

Vaginal yeast infectionsare a common problem during pregnancy. They may be caused by highestrogenlevels. These infections aren't a risk to the pregnancy. But they can cause uncomfortable symptoms.

If you 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 havebacterial vaginosisor a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such asgonorrheaorchlamydia, 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

  • Vaginal medicines should be used for yeast infection treatment. These may be vaginal creams or suppositories.
  • Only certain medicines should be used. Nonprescription medicines include butoconazole (such as Femstat), clotrimazole (such as Gyne-Lotrimin), miconazole (such as Monistat), and terconazole (such as Terazol).
  • 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.

Related Information



  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2015. MMWR, 64(RR-03): 1-137. Accessed July 2, 2015. [Erratum in MMWR, 64(33): 924. Accessed January 25, 2016.]


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDeborah A. Penava, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Learn how we develop our content.

© 1995-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

Symptom Checker

Decision Points

Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.

You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:

Interactive Tools

Get started learning more about your health!

Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.

Health Library