Vaginal Yeast Infection During Pregnancy
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 bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, 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:1
- Only vaginal medicines, such as creams or vaginal suppositories, should be used for yeast infection treatment. Oral medicines are not recommended for women who are pregnant.
- 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||July 27, 2011|
Last Revised: July 27, 2011
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.