A yeast infection is an infection caused by the overgrowth of a yeast fungus. They are mostly caused by the fungus Candida Albicans. Up to 75 percent of women will suffer from a yeast infection at least once during their lives. Some women have recurring infections, several times a year.
A yeast infection causes itching, burning and redness just outside the honey pot, called the vulva. Urination and love-making may cause pain and discomfort. During pregnancy, yeast infections can become a lot more frequent. For the most part, yeast infections are not dangerous, even when pregnant. They are simply uncomfortable. It has been reported that women with yeast infections during delivery can pass the infection to the baby. If is treated with an anti-fungal medication.
Fluconazole Linked to an Increase in Miscarriage
A recent Danish study linked the use of Fluconazole, and anti-fungal drug used for yeast infections to a slightly higher risk of miscarriage. This is a significant finding, as yeast infections are quick common in women during pregnancy. The study showed that women treated with the drug, experience miscarriage more often than women not treated with it. Of 3,300 women who took the oral medication, between the 7th and 22nd 147 miscarried. This is compared to 13,000 who did not take the drug, having 563 miscarriages.
The study, however, did not directly connect the use of the drug to the miscarriages. Since it is the only drug specifically used to treat yeast infections, doctors are recommending caution in prescribing the drug to pregnant women.
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Natural Cures for Yeast Infection
• Boric Acid Suppositories – Boric acid suppositories have been studied as a treatment for yeast infection. The published information on its safety is limited, however, a recent Hungarian study found little association between using boric acid suppositories and problems during pregnancy. When used in this manner, there is little absorption into the body. The typical dose is 600 mg intravaginally for 14 consecutive nights. The boric acid basically kills the fungus which has been causing the problem. (Boric acid kills roaches, so why not yeast infection?)
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