Vaginal Thrush in Pregnancy

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Vaginal thrush is an extremely common problem during pregnancy. While many mums-to-be will experience an increase in vaginal discharge, if this takes on a thick texture and creamy colour it could be a sign of thrush.

While treating thrush is fairly straightforward, care must be taken to select a treatment that’s safe for both you and your baby.

Our GPs will be able to review your symptoms, diagnose whether you are suffering from thrush and if necessary, prescribe the medication you need to clear up the infection.

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What Causes Thrush in Pregnancy?

Thrush is a type of yeast infection, caused by a build-up of the fungus known as candida albicans.

While it can be unpleasant to deal with, and sometimes even painful, it’s usually to clear up using appropriate anti-fungal medication. But in some cases, mums-to-be may experienced repeated episodes of thrush, which can prove more difficult to treat.

It can be easy to confuse the symptoms of thrush with several other conditions, so it’s important to talk to a doctor to make sure you’re getting the right kind of treatment.

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Symptoms of thrush

The key sign of thrush is a thick, creamy discharge of mucus leaking from the vagina, which may either be odorless or have a musty smell.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Soreness and inflammation in the vagina
  • Cracked skin and in some cases, sores
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain during sex
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Treating vaginal thrush in pregnancy

It’s important to talk to a doctor if you think you may be experiencing thrush during the course of your pregnancy or when you’re breastfeeding.

Several medications will be off the cards for mums-to-be, because of their potential to harm you or your baby.

Vaginal thrush is typically treated using antifungal skin cream or moisturisers.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, or aren’t sure whether or not you’ve got vaginal thrush, don’t delay - speak to a doctor online today.

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