Does vaginal candidiasis during pregnancy affect the fetus?

Vaginal candidiasis is a common issue of vaginitis which is frequently found in 10-30% of pregnant women and 10% in general women approximately. It causes swelling, itching, irritation as well as leukorrhea.

Vaginal candidiasis is not a sexually transmitted disease. However, the sexual intercourse can increase the risk of infection in case men are having the penile yeast infection.

Symptoms of Vaginal Candidiasis
There are mild to moderate symptoms. Some cases do not have any signs of illness even though they have already infected. Nevertheless, these symptoms can be found as follows:
Vaginal itching and irritation
Genital swelling
Burning sensation during sexual intercourse or when urinating
Genital rashes
Creamy milky white vaginal discharge with no smell. Sometimes the discharge can be watery.

Does it affect the fetus?
The risk of infection in pregnant women is higher than general women due to more changes in hormones as the dampness of vagina. However, vaginal candidiasis doesn’t affect the fetus but it can be passed to the newborn when giving birth. Therefore, pregnant women with this infection should consult with the doctor and receive the treatment until completely cured.

Reference: Prime Fertility Center Co., Ltd.

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