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Vaginal yeast infections are a common
problem during pregnancy, likely caused by high
estrogen levels. Although these infections don't
endanger a pregnancy, they can cause uncomfortable symptoms.
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
bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection
(STI), such as
chlamydia, you will need treatment to prevent
If you are
pregnant, do not use nonprescription yeast infection medicine without first
discussing your symptoms with your doctor. Experts recommend that during pregnancy: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 (2010).
Vulvovaginal candidiasis section of Sexually transmitted diseases treatment
guidelines 2010. MMWR, 59(RR-12):
61–63. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/default.htm.
August 18, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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