Home Remedies for Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 18, 2012

Yeast infections or candidiasis is caused by candida albicans. It primarily inflicts women who fall in the age group where they can naturally bear children. These bacteria are present in miniscule amounts and are controlled by lactobacillus, bacteria that keep your vagina healthy. The major cause of a yeast infection is an imbalance of bacteria, in which a small number of bad bacteria overthrows the good bacteria and grows almost exponentially in number.


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Yeast Infections in Pregnancy

Yeast infections are also more common after menopause due to the declining estrogen levels.

The common causes of a yeast infection are:

  • Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, steroids, and certain birth control pills
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy and prior to menstruation
  • Repeated sexual intercourse in a short period
  • Douching, which upsets the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina
  • Wearing non-cotton underwear or tight fitting clothing that creates a warm environment for yeast to grow

The most common symptoms of yeast infections are:

  • Itching and burning around the vagina
  • White vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Burning while urinating

You must select yeast infection treatments carefully to make sure that it doesn’t harm the developing fetus. Home remedies for yeast infections during pregnancy are often used as either stand-alone treatments or along with other medications.

Natural remedies for yeast infections during pregnancy also help to prevent the infections from recurring. Here are some effective home remedies to treat yeast infection:

  • Keep the infected area dry and clean: Yeast grows in moist areas and aggravates those parts; so, keep the area dry. Powder the area properly after cleaning it. Avoid wearing tight pants or underwear as this will only aggravate the condition.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Daub apple cider vinegar in your vagina regularly. You can add water to dilute the vinegar concentration.
  • Yogurt: Soak a tampon in plain yoghurt and place it on the infected region for at least an hour. This will help the healthy bacteria replace the unhealthy yeast bacteria. Alternatively, you can eat a few cups of yogurt or drink at least two glasses of buttermilk daily. This will reduce the probability of a yeast infection.
  • Tea Tree Oil: You must dilute and apply tea tree oil on the vaginal area. Tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol, which is responsible for curing yeast infections.
  • Garlic: Insert a pure garlic clove into your vagina every few hours or as required as it provides relief. Alternatively, you can press a whole garlic clove and drink it down quickly with water.
  • Water: Simply drinking enough water reduces the likelihood of getting a yeast infection to a large extent. If you drink more water and subsequently urinate more frequently, your body flushes out the sugars that feed the yeast. You must drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day.
  • Control stress: Practice self-meditation and other destressing techniques to remain healthy and fit. Stress triggers vaginal yeast infections.
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