How to Treat a Yeast Infection During Pregnancy
Question: Yeast infection during pregnancy: Are over-the-counter treatments OK? What’s the best way to treat a yeast infection during pregnancy?
Answer: from Roger W. Harms, M.D.
You can safely treat a yeast infection during pregnancy with various over-the-counter antifungal creams or suppositories, including:
- Miconazole (Monistat)
- Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin)
These products can be used at any point during pregnancy and don’t pose a risk of birth defects or other pregnancy complications. For best results, choose a seven-day formula. Home remedies or natural treatments generally aren’t recommended.
Yeast infections, a type of vaginitis, occur when certain internal or external factors change the normal environment of the vagina and trigger an overgrowth of a microscopic fungus — often C. albicans. Yeast infections are especially common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Signs and symptoms of a yeast infection typically include vaginal itching and a white, thick discharge that resembles cottage cheese.
If you haven’t been previously diagnosed with a yeast infection and develop symptoms for the first time during pregnancy, consult your health care provider before using an over-the-counter yeast infection treatment. It’s possible to mistake a yeast infection for other types of vaginitis or other conditions that need different treatment. Source
Yeast Infection and Pregnancy – Conclusion
While Dr. Harms is right about the safety of treating a yeast infection with OTC medications while pregnant, there is more to this subject that wasn’t addressed here. In his defense, the question asked only about using OTC treatments.
As many of you know, some yeast infections are chronic and systemic and respond to no types of treatment, not even the ones prescribed by your doctor. If you have one of these types of yeast infections, it may be time to do more than purchase Monistat. Read over the symptoms of systemic yeast infection here: Systemic Yeast Infection
If you’ve tried repeatedly to get rid of your yeast infection during pregnancy and have had no luck, you may need to gather more information on the subject and follow some homeopathic advice to get rid of the infection. Of course, we always recommend you consult with your doctor before taking any medications – prescribed or homeopathic – while pregnant. Even though some remedies may be natural herbs, they can still have an effect on your unborn child.
Another piece of advice I have is to have a look at “Yeast Infection No More”, a complete guide to getting rid of and preventing future yeast infections from happening. It’s awesome and it really works. Go here to read about it: Yeast Infection No More
It’s hard enough to go through 9 months of being pregnant and if you are suffering from recurrent yeast infection during pregnancy, you are probably more miserable than normal. It doesn’t have to be this way. Find out how to safely and effectively treat your yeast infection during pregnancy.