Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. As many as one third of women will have symptoms of vaginitis sometime during their lives. Vaginitis affects women of all ages but is most common during the reproductive years.
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Thanks to the surge in hormones that happens during pregnancy, moms-to-be are more susceptible to a host of vaginal infections. Here are the common culprits, along with how they're treated during pregnancy. Your body transforms in many ways when you're pregnant, and an increase in vaginal discharge just happens to be one of those not-so-fun changes. If the discharge is clear or white and odor-free, it's most likely caused by pregnancy hormonesand it's a sign that the vagina is healthy.
Most women experience occasional bouts of a common yeast infection known as vaginal thrush. It causes itching, irritation and swelling of the vagina and surrounding area, sometimes with a creamy white cottage cheese-like discharge. Vaginal thrush is fairly harmless but it can be uncomfortable and it can keep coming back, which is known as recurrent thrush.
Vaginal yeast infections are a common problem during pregnancy. They may be caused by high estrogen levels. These infections aren't a risk to the pregnancy.
Jump to content. Vaginal yeast infections are a common problem during pregnancy. They may be caused by high estrogen levels.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. All women, whether they're pregnant or not, have some vaginal discharge starting a year or two before puberty and ending after the menopause. How much discharge you have changes from time to time.
With so much going on down there already, the last thing you need is an itchy yeast infection when you're expecting. Unfortunately, soaring estrogen levels that come with having a bun in the oven increase your risk of having one, making yeast infections the most common vaginal infection during pregnancy. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all adult women have had at least one yeast infection in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What to look for — and how to treat — four common vaginal infections during pregnancy. BV, which is diagnosed with a simple vaginal culture at your doctor's office, occurs when there's an overgrowth of bacteria that normally lives in the vagina. If this itchy infection is left untreated, it can persist, resulting in premature birth or low birth weight — so it's definitely worth mentioning to your doctor.