During pregnancy, your body is going through all kinds of changes and disrupting the normal bacteria down there. Those changes can bring along the dreaded yeast infection. If you are pregnant and experiencing yeast infections, here are some tips that can help you fight off the excess yeast and soothe the unbearable itch without a prescription from a doctor.
Before pregnancy, I think I might have had one yeast infection as a teenager. During pregnancy, I had a constant yeast infection for my entire second trimester! It was the most irritating, uncomfortable, and distracting thing to have day in and day out. While I later found out that the yeast wasn’t going away because I had multiple infections, I had found a few remedies that were helpful and did help soothe the horrible itch. Read on to find out how to cure a yeast infection during pregnancy without a prescription.
*This is not intended to be medical advice, and you should talk with your doctor before using any of these methods.
WHAT IS A YEAST INFECTION?
A yeast infection is an overgrowth of candida albicans in the vagina. Yeast infections are a common symptom to have during pregnancy due to the influx of hormones in our body. Candida albicans is a fungus that lives in our vagina typically, but with the increase of hormones, it can sometimes cause an overgrowth. Yeast can also be triggered by sugars and carbohydrates we consume once the body digests them.
IS A YEAST INFECTION DANGEROUS FOR MY BABY?
Thankfully, yeast infections are not harmful to your baby; the only problem is that they make you want to hide in the bathroom scratching an itch that never goes away and produces this awful cottage cheese discharge. If you have been dealing with this, you know the struggle. Sometimes it felt like I was going to rip off the top layer of my skin. I couldn’t stop itching!
CAN A YEAST INFECTION GO AWAY ON ITS OWN WHILE PREGNANT?
A yeast infection can go away on its own, however, there is some discomfort with a yeast infection so you will most likely want to treat it immediately. If left alone and it gets worse, the itching can be painful.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CURE A YEAST INFECTION AT HOME WHILE PREGNANT?
The best way to cure a yeast infection is usually through diet and using an over the counter treatment that is gentle on your body. The goal should be to treat the itchy, burning symptoms with a homeopathic remedy that doesn’t disrupt your body’s natural balance. Natural remedies will work much better if you start using them as soon as you experience any signs or symptoms of a yeast infection.
Next, you want to start focusing on the source of the yeast – the bacterial imbalance in your digestive system. This means lowering your carb intake to stop feeding the wrong bacteria, and boosting your good bacteria through probiotics. It takes awhile for this to start having an effect, so be diligent and stick to it. Below is the exact yeast infection treatment protocol I used while pregnant.
AT HOME YEAST INFECTION TREATMENTS YOU CAN USE DURING PREGNANCY
These are the products, homeopathic remedies, and dietary changes I made to treat yeast infections during both of my pregnancies.
#1. Monistat 7 Day
This is an over-the-counter remedy, which is the most common answer for yeast infections. It is a vaginal cream that you insert into an applicator. Before bed, insert the applicator vaginally and let it work overnight. If you’ve had a yeast infection in the past, I am sure you have used this method. I only bring it up because, as instructed by my midwife, you need to use the 7-day and use it in its entirety for the best results for pregnancy. Also, you can use the cream topically to help the itch.
#2 RePhresh Vaginal Gel
This product I used in conjunction with Monistat to help balance my pH levels. My midwife also recommended that all the hormonal changes of pregnancy tend to throw off the pH of a woman’s vagina. These can be used every 3 days, and they are a prefilled applicator. So all you have to do is break off the top, insert it and squeeze.
Probiotics have tons of benefits to help your bacterial flora in the stomach and the vagina. Taking probiotics orally will help, but unless you have been taking them consistently for 3 months before your yeast infection, they won’t be of much use to clearing your yeast infection. It takes a long time to reach past the stomach and into the vagina.
However, you can stick a probiotic directly in the vagina to get immediate benefits. The capsule will dissolve due to the body temperature and bring good bacteria in and help fight off yeast overgrowth. I used a 50 billion probiotic which helped once my other infections were taken care of.
#4 Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
This remedy is for when you have tried everything else and are still finding no relief. Once my midwife took a culture and found 5 other bacteria that were overgrown, she advised me to do this. Since the vagina is a very acidic environment, the hydrogen peroxide kills off all bacteria (good and bad, unfortunately) and will not harm you internally.
It sounds like a bad idea, but it cured all of my infections! I never had any problems after doing this and was finally cured of the constant itch. Always speak with your doctor before trying anything, but I would recommend it if you need a last resort.
Use ⅓ cup of 2% hydrogen peroxide and ⅔ cup of filtered water. I boiled my water to make sure there were no contaminants and then let it cool a little. The important part of this is that you do not want to be creating a forceful stream of liquid into the vagina; you want it to be gentle. So I do not recommend holding the douchebag higher than waist level. The higher the bag is, the faster the liquid will come out.
Start low, and when you feel it coming out enough without it gushing everywhere, that will be a good level for you. I did this once a day for a week, and it completely got rid of my yeast along with everything else. You can then insert a probiotic one night to help bring good bacteria back into the area if desired.
#5 A Low Carbohydrate Diet
Since Candida albicans feeds off of sugars, reducing your carbohydrate intake can help limit your exposure to infection. There is a Candida diet that some people follow to alleviate chronic infections.
I started limiting the number of carbohydrates that I consumed and found that if I stayed under 50g of carbohydrates, the symptoms would subside. However, as soon as you eat a higher carbohydrate intake, you may find the yeast infection to come right back. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet especially during pregnancy.
#6 Summer’s Eve Feminine Cleansing Wash- Aloe Love
This is more to use topically and help with the itch of a yeast infection, but it helped me a ton. Every morning I would use this in the shower, and the itch would subside. It also had this cooling effect that would help with the inflammation if I was itching all night and I felt clean. I would highly recommend using this anytime you have a yeast infection.
CAN I USE COCONUT OIL FOR A YEAST INFECTION WHILE PREGNANT?
Yes, you can use coconut oil for a yeast infection since it contains anti-fungal properties. There are many benefits to coconut oil including a great moisturizer for the skin.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF A YEAST INFECTION FAST WHILE PREGNANT?
The quickest way to treat a yeast infection is to treat it as soon as the symptoms start. Using a cream or taking an apple cider vinegar bath can help the itching immediately, followed by using the methods listed above.
Yeast infections are a terrible nuisance to have on top of the many other changes that occur during pregnancy. Having options to eliminate a yeast infection that are relatively low cost and do not require a prescription will help you solve this problem quickly with little investment. With the many options, find what works best for you so you can get back to enjoying your pregnancy. If any of these remedies help you, let me know in the comments! If you have found any other treatments that work well for a yeast infection, I’d love to know!