Candidiasis in Pregnancy
There are many discomforts of pregnancy that could make you feel uncomfortable, however none of them compare to the discomfort and severe itching you may experience if you suffer from vaginal candidiasis.
Candidiasis in pregnancy can present as a vaginal infection, so if you’ve felt irritation, uncontrollable itching, and redness accompanied by burning in your intimate parts, it’s most likely a common case of yeast infection.
Vaginal infections during pregnancy are more common than you think, in fact, it is estimated that at least half of American women will have vaginal candidiasis by about 25 years of age.
Its appearance is more common in the second trimester of pregnancy, since it is during this stage that women tend to increase the amount of vaginal discharge with a thin, white appearance and strange odor.
Although fungal infections in the intimate area do not have any significant negative effect during pregnancy, they are usually much more difficult to normalize during this stage of the woman, as they cause intense discomfort and discomfort for the sufferer. For this reason, he pays close attention and discovers its symptoms, causes and treatments for its prompt disappearance.
What is Vaginal Candidiasis?
Also known as thrush, vaginal candidiasis is a type of infection caused by a fungus called Candida Albicans which is normally found in our intestines, vagina, and skin.
However, some hormonal and chemical factors during pregnancy encourage you to increase and grow excessively, causing the unbearable symptoms characteristic of this disease.
How does vaginal candidiasis occur?
This type of vaginal infection in women, occurs when the normal levels of candida in our body are out of control, and increase in an excessive way, to cause a very uncomfortable and uncomfortable condition called vaginal candidiasis.
Are you experiencing sudden vaginal irritation and other discomfort during pregnancy? Maybe it’s a yeast infection!
What causes candidiasis during pregnancy?
Pregnancy is one of the main causes of vaginal candidiasis.
During this period, our body causes an increase in the amount of estrogen hormones, which in turn can cause your vagina to produce more glycogen (sugar in vaginal secretions), which further facilitates the accelerated appearance of candida fungi in that area.
In addition to pregnancy, vaginal candidiasis can also be caused by antibiotics, especially if you take them repeatedly or if you use them for a long time, because although they are drugs that eliminate infectious bacteria that need to be combated, their effectiveness can also eliminate other bacteria that protect our body, allowing these fungi to grow more.
Other common factors that can facilitate the appearance of fungus in our vagina are:
- High Blood Sugar: Diabetes
- Steroid-containing medication
- Taking hormones or birth control pills
- Vaginal douches
- Use of aggressive soaps for intimate hygiene
- Vaginal intercourse
- Wearing too tight pants too often
What are the symptoms for detecting vaginal candidiasis?
The symptoms that are suffered from the onset of this disease, are usually very annoying and unbearable mainly due to the increase in the amount of vaginal discharge, and the change of its appearance to a thicker and thinner consistency, with a strange odor but white, very similar to the appearance of cottage cheese.
In addition to this very noticeable symptom, candidiasis also includes the following signs and symptoms:
- White, creamy vaginal discharge with a yeast/bread-like odor
- The appearance of another type of vaginal discharge that may be greenish or yellowish in color, with an appearance similar to cottage cheese.
- Increased amount of vaginal discharge
- Redness, itching, irritation, pain, and burning in the intimate area
- Occasional swelling of the lips in the vagina
- Possible burning and discomfort when urinating or having sex
The symptoms you may experience are very bothersome and uncomfortable
Treatment for vaginal candidiasis in pregnancy
The treatment that the doctor usually dictates to combat the vaginal candidiasis tends to be more local, through the use of creams and suppositories or oral ova, based on antifungal, which should also be used by the pregnant woman’s partner, provided they are consulted beforehand with the gynecologist.
On the other hand, oral medication such as “Diflucan” is not the most recommended, as it has not yet been shown to be a safe medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
As an alternative to topical creams, it has been proven for some years that natural yogurt helps to treat candidiasis.
The yogurt as we know it, contains a bacterium with the name of: acidofilus, which can help the elimination of candidiasis.
Once the infection has subsided and the irritation has disappeared, it can be very beneficial to use a starch-free dry powder or a powder of Nystatin so that you can prevent this infection from becoming very recurrent.
Remember that it is very important that you treat this infection as soon as you can, because although it will not cause any serious harm to your baby, if you wait a long time or simply do not pay due attention, there is the possibility that your baby will contract it, and if this happens, these fungi can get out through the area of his mouth, which is known as “cotton ball”.
The most common treatment to eliminate this uncomfortable condition are vaginal creams and eggs.
How can I prevent yeast infections?
Most vaginal infections that are caused by fungus and bacteria can usually be prevented by following these steps:
- Use intimate soaps with a neutral pH, i.e. as close as possible to the vaginal area (between 3.5 and 5.5). This will help not to break the balance of the bacterial flora in your body.
- Wear loose-fitting, breathable cotton clothing.
- You should always wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom.
- If you are used to swimming, you should shower immediately after swimming.
- Decreases sugar consumption, as sugar promotes the growth of this fungus
- Consume regular yogurts that do not contain sugar, and that contain lactic ferments.
If you are experiencing all of these symptoms during your pregnancy, it is best to see your doctor right away so that you can begin the treatment that is right for you.
Prior consultation with your gynecologist is extremely important, because the symptoms of vaginal candidiasis are very similar to other infections of the vagina, so an accurate diagnosis is vital for effective treatment.
Remember to consult your doctor.