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