Yeast Infection or Candidiasis
September 23, 2011
Vaginal yeast infections, also known as Candidiasis, or Candida albicans commonly occur during pregnancy. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the Candida albicans fungus.
Yeast infections occur frequently in pregnant women due to fluctuating hormone levels and increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Yeast thrives in a moist environment.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Yeast Infection?
Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include:
- thick, cottage cheese-like discharge
- itching, burning and redness of the vagina or labia
- burning when urine touches your genitals
- pain during intercourse
How is a Yeast Infection Treated?
If you think you may have a yeast infection, contact your health care provider.
Yeast infections, or Candida infections, can be treated with over-the-counter vaginal creams and suppositories, prescription creams or oral medication.
Your health care provider will be able to diagnose your condition by taking a vaginal culture. There are other causes of vaginal irritation that could cause similar symptoms, including bacterial infection. It is important to have a proper diagnosis for treatment to be effective.
Do not use over-the-counter medications before contacting your health care provider.
Is a Yeast Infection Harmful to My Baby?
Yeast infections are not harmful to your baby when you are pregnant, but can be transmitted to your baby during childbirth. This can cause an oral form of candida to develop in your baby which is known as thrush.
What Can I Do to Prevent Yeast Infections?
You can help prevent yeast infections by the following:
- Keep your vaginal area clean and dry
- Avoid douches
- Avoid scented toilet paper
- Avoid feminine deodorant perfumes and sprays
- Wear cotton underwear, or at least underwear with a cotton crotch
- Wear loose fitting clothes to help prevent heat in the pelvic area
- Remove wet swimsuits immediately after swimming.
- Change your underwear if it is damp from sweat
- Avoid perfumed soaps and scented laundry soap
- Wipe from front to back
- Try eating yogurt with a live culture. You could also take a beneficial bacteria supplement, such as acidophilus. Beneficial bacteria are known as probiotics.
- Try limiting sugar intake. This can allow yeast to grow.