Vaginal Yeast Infection During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and have vaginal infection symptoms, see your doctor. Do not use over-the-counter yeast infection medicine unless you discuss it with your doctor first. Your symptoms could be caused by another problem that will need different treatment, such as bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Your doctor can help find out what is causing your symptoms.
To treat a vaginal yeast infection during pregnancy, experts recommend:footnote 1
- Vaginal medicines should be used for yeast infection treatment instead of pills. 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.)
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.
Current as of: November 27, 2023