At pregnancy the woman’s immunity is very low. The body re-adapts to the new condition of nourishing, feeding and sheltering the baby, which is why it is so common to have some complications during pregnancy. Some of them, such as the flu, colds and even candidiasis, happen more frequently in pregnancy . It is not common to see reports of women who have their first candidiasis crisis in pregnancy.
The vaginal flora has several bacteria, just like any other cavity in the body. Candidiasis or moniliasis is no different, it is a proliferation of common fungi of the vaginal flora due to hormones that increase at this stage of a woman’s life. Candida in pregnancy can appear in pregnant women at any gestational age and does no harm to the fetus.
Symptoms of Candidiasis
The increase in the fungus Candida albicans causes certain characteristic symptoms of candidiasis to appear during or outside pregnancy. Candidiasis symptoms are common among reports of candida attacks, the most common symptoms are:
Increased vaginal secretion: the white secretion, in large quantities, looks like a cream of milk. Sometimes it can confuse a woman with hormonal mucus so common in pregnancy.
Itching: Candidiasis in pregnancy does cause a great deal of discomfort in the intimate area of the pregnant woman. The woman has an extreme and persistent itchy sensation inside and outside the vagina.
Pain: The main characteristic that the candidiasis situation is advanced is pain. If the woman feels a lot of pain while sitting or having sex even without the itch or white mucus, she should see a gynecologist for evaluation, whether she is suspected of being pregnant during pregnancy or not.
Characteristic Smell: Candidiasis has a specific smell of it, if you notice that the panties do not have the usual odor then stay tuned. Usually the smell of candidiasis in pregnancy is similar to that of bleach.
Shells and Swelling : People who have a candidiasis crisis also tend to have shells in the groin, the skin seems to dry out and becomes thick and swollen and becomes sensitive. In my opinion, this sensation is one of the worst symptoms of candidiasis in pregnancy.
How to Treat Candidiasis in Pregnancy?
Candidiasis has a simple treatment but it is up to the obstetrician gynecologist who accompanies the pregnant woman to treat candidiasis during pregnancy. Some medications are appropriate to treat, one in specific and widely prescribed as Flogo Rosa. This medication is only external to make the vaginal shower . The medication lowers the symptoms of candidiasis in pregnancy even in the first application due to its anesthetic effect.
Vaginal creams or ointments are also highly recommended, just like medicated eggs to be introduced into the vagina, thus alleviating symptoms such as nystatin. All medications help to balance the vaginal flora again, thus alleviating the symptoms of candidiasis in pregnancy .
It is totally contraindicated to do self-medication for any disease or discomfort in pregnancy, it is up to the doctor to indicate the best form of treatment for the discomfort and disappear with the symptoms. Tips are always welcome and for those who are experiencing a crisis of candidiasis in pregnancy even more! The symptoms are quite uncomfortable and tips to alleviate come in handy, let’s go to them:
How to Alleviate Symptoms
- During the day the pregnant woman can do sitz baths with cooler water. Cold water helps to reduce symptoms and helps a lot with itching.
- Loose, cotton panties make an incredible difference!
- Avoid absorbents and daily protectors, smothering the region affected by candidiasis can make the greenhouse effect and further increase the problem.
- Hot baths are forbidden, prefer to take a cooler shower in the vaginal area before getting out of the shower.
I had candidiasis in the three pregnancies! She suffered horrors with the crises and, incredible as it may seem, they only happen even when she was pregnant. Around the 15th week they always appeared and that discomfort when walking, sitting and even wearing pants for many hours appeared. Sexual intercourse in crises was practically impossible in candidiasis crises ! I felt a lot of pain and burning.
I had exactly three bouts of candidiasis and in all of them I used only one topical medication, no ointment by coincidence, as it was three different doctors who prescribed the treatment. What helped me a lot in the beginning of the treatment of candidiasis in pregnancy was to make baths colder , sitting or not, the itching seemed to alleviate a lot. In general, the treatment took about 10 days, but by the 5th day I didn’t feel so much discomfort anymore.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.