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Topical Treatments for Vaginal Yeast Infections in Pregnancy and Lactation

Authored by Dr. Tali Bogler and Dr. Jonathan Zipursky – Vaginal yeast infection (vulvovaginal candidiasis) is a common cause of vaginal itching, soreness, abnormal vaginal discharge, and pain during vaginal sex. Infections are more common in pregnancy because hormonal changes create a favourable environment for yeast to grow. This health topic is an expert opinion about treating vaginal yeast infections with topical antifungals during pregnancy and lactation. This health topic is intended for the public and health care providers.