is it normal for me to always have thrush during pregnancy around my vaginal and my anul areas?

August 6th, 2012 by Emily

Question: is it normal for me to always have thrush during pregnancy around my vaginal and my anul areas?
my anul area swells up when i do not place on antifungal cream each day – is it related to thrush?

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Answer by answerlady1021
Many women experience an increase in yeast infections during pregnancy… that’s what thrush is. And it sounds like your symptoms are consistent with a yeast infection.

These infections — also called monilial vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis — are caused by microscopic fungi in the Candida family, most commonly Candida albicans.

It’s not unusual to have a certain amount of yeast in your vagina, as well as in your intestinal tract. Yeast only becomes a problem when it grows so fast that it overwhelms other competing microorganisms.

Your higher level of estrogen during pregnancy causes your vagina to produce more glycogen, making it even easier for yeast to grow there. Some researchers think estrogen might also have a direct effect on yeast, causing it to grow faster and stick more easily to the walls of the vagina.

If you develop symptoms from a yeast infection, they’re likely to plague you (and might get worse) until you treat the infection, though sometimes they come and go on their own.

The bottom line is you need to see your physician or nurse practitioner. She’ll take a sample of your vaginal discharge and check it to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other things that might be causing your symptoms.

By the way, even though antifungal medication is accessible over the counter, it’s not a good theory to try to diagnose and treat yourself without seeing a practitioner. Your symptoms might be caused by something else, such as a bacterial infection, instead of or along with yeast.

Studies show that the majority of women who treat themselves for a presumed yeast infection miss the real cause. As a result, they often delay getting proper treatment.

If you do have a yeast infection, your practitioner will give you a prescription or advocate a specific over-the-counter antifungal vaginal cream or suppository that’s innocuous during pregnancy. (Note: Oral antifungal drugs should not be taken during pregnancy to treat vaginal yeast infections.)

For most yeast infections, creams and suppositories with clotrimazole are more effective than those containing nystatin.

You’ll need to insert the cream or suppository into your vagina seven days in a row, preferably at bedtime so it won’t leak out. (The shorter-course regimens that you might have used before aren’t as effective when you’re pregnant.) It’s also a good theory to apply some of the antifungal cream to the area just outside your vagina.

It might take a few days of treatment before you start to feel some relief. In the meantime, you can soothe the itching with an ice pack or by soaking for ten minutes in a cool bath.

If you find the medication irritating or it doesn’t seem to be working, let your practitioner know. She might have to switch you to another topical drug. Be sure to complete the full course of treatment to make sure the infection is gone.

Hope this helps!

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