12 Oct 2022 | 2 min Read
Dr Alakta Das
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The hormonal changes taking place during pregnancy, intercourse during pregnancy, and poor intimate hygiene, are the most commonly blamed for vaginal infection during pregnancy. Along with that, the immune system is also known to get compromised during pregnancy in turn increases the risk of vaginal infections as well as delay the recovery from the infection.
2 common vaginal infections seen during pregnancy include:
Bacterial infection (Bacterial Vaginosis)
Bacterial vaginosis results from the overgrowth of the bacteria that is naturally found in the vagina. The hormonal changes during pregnancy lead to an imbalance that may in turn lead to overgrowth causing an infection.
Itching and irritation in the vaginal area is the most common symptom of this kind of infection. Additionally, one may also experience greyish-white discharge and pain while passing urine.
Yeast infection (Candida)
Yeast infection is also a result of the hormonal imbalance causing Candida to overgrow in the vagina. One may experience a burning sensation, itching, pain, redness, and swelling in the vaginal area. Along with that burning sensation, while passing urine, pain during intercourse and white-yellow discharge with or without a foul smell are also a few symptoms of yeast infection.
As mentioned, hormonal imbalance isn’t the sole reason behind these infections poor hygiene also contributes majorly to these common infections during pregnancy. Keeping this in mind maintaining good intimate hygiene is very important to prevent such infections.
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