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What can I do for a yeast infection in pregnancy?

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Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: OTC preps and yogurt

Monistat or gynelotrimen are safe.
Strongly recommend taking a lot of pro-biotics like yogurt, kefir, kambu-cha, as well. Stay away from sugar and simple carbohydrates. Even fruit in excess is a source for feeding yeast.

In brief: OTC preps and yogurt

Monistat or gynelotrimen are safe.
Strongly recommend taking a lot of pro-biotics like yogurt, kefir, kambu-cha, as well. Stay away from sugar and simple carbohydrates. Even fruit in excess is a source for feeding yeast.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Treat it

If you are sure it is a yeast infection, any over the counter yeast treatment is fine.
If symptoms continue, consult your provider to rule out other causes.

In brief: Treat it

If you are sure it is a yeast infection, any over the counter yeast treatment is fine.
If symptoms continue, consult your provider to rule out other causes.
Dr. Caren Reaves
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Vaginal creams

Any of the over-the-counter vaginal yeast creams are safe during pregnancy.
I generally recommend the 3 day because the 1 day doesn't work that well and the 7 day is long. The pill that we sometimes use for yeast, diflucan, (fluconazole) has been extensively tested so we don't know for sure that it is safe though it is used in newborns.

In brief: Vaginal creams

Any of the over-the-counter vaginal yeast creams are safe during pregnancy.
I generally recommend the 3 day because the 1 day doesn't work that well and the 7 day is long. The pill that we sometimes use for yeast, diflucan, (fluconazole) has been extensively tested so we don't know for sure that it is safe though it is used in newborns.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Monistat

Early on, there were some concerns regarding the safety of prescription yeast medications in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Those concerns have been found to be untrue, yet, most obstetricians would suggest delaying any medication usage in the first trimester. If the symptoms of the yeast infection are unbearable, most obs feel comfortable recommending OTC treatments like monistat.

In brief: Monistat

Early on, there were some concerns regarding the safety of prescription yeast medications in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Those concerns have been found to be untrue, yet, most obstetricians would suggest delaying any medication usage in the first trimester. If the symptoms of the yeast infection are unbearable, most obs feel comfortable recommending OTC treatments like monistat.
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: OTC yeast meds

Any of the OTC yeast medications are safe to use in pregnancy.
If the problem persists though you should see your doctor for further testing. Other infections can cause similar symptoms and the only way to know is to get tested.

In brief: OTC yeast meds

Any of the OTC yeast medications are safe to use in pregnancy.
If the problem persists though you should see your doctor for further testing. Other infections can cause similar symptoms and the only way to know is to get tested.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Rx of yeast in preg

The best way to treat a yeast infection, which is very common in pregnancy due to the elevated sugar level in vaginal secretions, is with food grade hydrogen peroxide.
Most food grade h2o2 is very concentrated (will burn you if used in the concentrated form), and has to be diluted to about 3%. Yeast cannot develop resistance, and it works as a vaginal douche once/day.

In brief: Rx of yeast in preg

The best way to treat a yeast infection, which is very common in pregnancy due to the elevated sugar level in vaginal secretions, is with food grade hydrogen peroxide.
Most food grade h2o2 is very concentrated (will burn you if used in the concentrated form), and has to be diluted to about 3%. Yeast cannot develop resistance, and it works as a vaginal douche once/day.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Meds

You can take Diflucan (fluconazole) or over-the-counter yeast creams like monistat.

In brief: Meds

You can take Diflucan (fluconazole) or over-the-counter yeast creams like monistat.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Treat it

If you are sure that it is a yeast infection you can treat it with over the counter Miconazole (monostat).
However, you must be certain that it is not cervical mucus, normal (physiologic) pregnancy discharge or a bacterial infection. If you are not sure or your symptoms do not resolve with treatment ask your healthcare provider to examine you and look at the discharge under a microscope to be sure.

In brief: Treat it

If you are sure that it is a yeast infection you can treat it with over the counter Miconazole (monostat).
However, you must be certain that it is not cervical mucus, normal (physiologic) pregnancy discharge or a bacterial infection. If you are not sure or your symptoms do not resolve with treatment ask your healthcare provider to examine you and look at the discharge under a microscope to be sure.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
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