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
chlamydia, you will need treatment to prevent
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.
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 (2010).
Vulvovaginal candidiasis section of Sexually transmitted diseases treatment
guidelines 2010. MMWR, 59(RR-12):
61-63. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/default.htm.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
July 27, 2011
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July 27, 2011
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