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Changing hormone levels
during pregnancy can affect the normal balance of organisms in the vagina. If
you are pregnant and have abnormal vaginal symptoms, such as vaginal discharge
or itching, talk with your doctor about your symptoms before using home
treatment measures or nonprescription medicines.
discharge may look like a symptom of a
vaginal yeast infection. You can also have abnormal
vaginal discharge with problems such as
bacterial vaginosis (BV) or
sexually transmitted infections (STIs). BV or an STI can
affect your pregnancy, so be sure to talk with your doctor and get
treatment. Note: If you have symptoms of a pelvic
infection or think you may have an STI, do not have sexual intercourse until
you see your doctor. This will reduce the chance of spreading a possible
infection to your partner. Your partner may also need treatment.
Also, talk with your doctor before you use any nonprescription medicines to treat a yeast infection.
Fluid leaking from
the vagina may be a sign that labor is starting. When your bag of waters (amniotic sac) breaks,
amniotic fluid will leak from your vagina. Call your
doctor if you have fluid leaking from your vagina.
March 20, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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