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Vaginal Yeast Infection In Pregnancy: Symptoms

Sep 16, 2008
What Exactly Is Vaginal Thrush?

The second most common type of vaginal infection is a yeast infection. In pregnancy these infections happen more often than any other time in a woman's life. The infection may be known by several different names: monilial vaginitis, thrush, vaginal candidasis, or vaginal yeast infection.

These infections are caused by a tiny fungus called Candida. For most women the fungus is found in and on the body naturally. Problems or infections happen when the yeast grows so fast it overwhelms the body's defense system. During pregnancy your estrogen level increases. The higher level is why the yeast grows so fast. Some scientists think estrogen makes the Candida albicans stickier. The stickiness lets the fungus stick to the walls of the vagina.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms?

A monilial infection's signs are:

The vaginal area and surrounding tissue will be red and itchy. There is also burning on urination. The infection makes the vaginal area sore and irritated. When you urinate the urine just burns the irritated area.

Vaginal discharge usually white in color with a cottage cheese appearance

Discomfort with sexual intercourse

Treatment During Pregnancy

Thrush self-diagnosis can be difficult. Most women as outline in a research study fail when they try to self-diagnose. They confuse other vaginal infections with thrush.

One way to improve self-diagnosis is to use testing strips for yeast infection. In tests it was shown women were 96% accurate in their self-diagnosis of a yeast infection when using testing strips. You can find the test strips either online or at your local drugstore.

Your healthcare provider will give you prescriptions for medicines to get rid of your yeast infection

You are limited in the number and type of medication your can take during your pregnancy. during this time you will not be taking pills That's because many medications can interfere with the healthy development of your body.

A yeast infection during pregnancy can be a challenge to treat. With your healthcare provider you can have a healthy baby and a yeast infection free Mom!

Vaginal thrush can be difficult to treat during pregnancy. You can get rid of the yeast infection and have a healthy baby when you and your healthcare provider work together for the best treatment for your vaginal thrush.
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