What causes vaginal yeast?
Once you've had a yeast infection, it can lie dormant in your body, just waiting for the right conditions to flare up again. During pregnancy, the pH of the vagina becomes more alkaline and less acidic. Essentially, it becomes sugary and the glycogen in the vaginal cells becomes a food source for the yeast. This is why women who have uncontrolled diabetes tend to have more yeast infections.
An increased vaginal discharge often occurs during pregnancy, leading to a permanently moist environment. Yeast thrives in warm, moist conditions and the vagina is a perfect environment for it to multiply. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, in particular a high level of estrogen, also contribute.
Women who have a weakened immune system, who are taking steroid medication, or who are undergoing chemotherapy can also be at a greater risk of getting vaginal yeast.
What are the symptoms of vaginal yeast?
- A vaginal discharge which is white and has a cottage cheese like consistency.
- ntense vaginal itching, which makes it hard to concentrate on anything else.
- Vaginal soreness and irritation.
- Pain and burning when urinating, especially if there is swelling of the vaginal tissues and labia.
Will yeast harm my baby?
Will having yeast mean I can’t get pregnant?
Will vaginal yeast harm my baby?
Yeast does not migrate up into the uterus and it is generally restricted to the vaginal and surrounding tissues.
Things to remember
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.