Facts about thrush and pregnancy
Vaginal yeast infection – known as thrush – is mainly caused by the Candida fungus. Often developed as a result of taking medication or overly tight clothes and underwear, pregnant women can get thrush because of the rapid changes affecting their bodies. Hormonal imbalances, and especially the high level of oestrogen, increase the likelihood of developing vaginal thrush.
Although it may cause discomfort or pain during sex, thrush will not prevent you from getting pregnant
Avoiding and treating thrush during pregnancy
There is a number of precautionary steps every pregnant woman can take to lower the risk of developing thrush while pregnant. They are easy, practical and effective in preventing a vaginal yeast infection. Proper hygiene, breathable cotton underwear, and regular check-ups with your GP are some of the things that help lower the risk of thrush.
However, if you have still developed a yeast infection, first see your GP before undertaking any treatment. Thrush treatments often include recommending an anti-thrush vaginal pessary or cream. Important to know that oral capsule containing fluconazole should not be taken during pregnancy for treating thrush.
Given that prevention is better than cure, here are some tips to help you avoid thrush:
Wear breathable cotton underwear that is not too tight
Ensure proper hygiene but avoid bubble baths, using soaps or any personal care products made with harsh chemicals around your vagina
Do not douche as it might increase the risk of vaginal irritation and disrupt the vaginal pH balance
Change underwear daily and wash it in hot water
Wipe from the front to the back to stop the bacteria from being transported to your vagina
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