Why can't pregnant woman use Yeast Infection Medicine? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-01-2008, 09:57 AM - Thread Starter
 
stiles' mummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm 5 weeks pregnant and suffering from the worst yeast infection. Why do they recommend pregnant women not use OTC Yeast Medication such as Monistat or Canisten (sp?). Do I really need to call my doctor, schedule an appt and go in to see her for this??

I've read up on some alternative natural methods and am trying the clove of garlic wrapped in cheese cloth and used as a suppository in the vagina. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? This is only day 2 that I've been using this method. So far I haven't seen any results
stiles' mummy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-01-2008, 10:32 AM
 
BabyHaysMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 199
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think that OTC yeast infection medicines say on the box not to use them for legal reasons. I think that this early in your pregnancy it may be a good idea to talk to your health care provider about it. They may say that it's okay for you to use it.

I had the worst yeast infection starting father's day weekend. I've never had one before in my life and tried many natural remedies. But for them to work you have to be diligent and may have to cut out sugar completely. That was something I wasn't ready to do. So after a month of fighting the yeast, I finally called my midwife and got the go ahead for a 7 day Monistat treatment. It's nice to have the relief.

I tried the garlic too and although it seemed to help after a few days, I gave up on it rather quickly.
BabyHaysMama is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Purple Sage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4,001
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I've used OTC yeast infection creams many times during pregnancy. The only thing my care providers have said regarding using them is to make sure to get the 7-day treatment because it is more effective.
Purple Sage is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 11:49 AM
 
cam&kat's_mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: VT
Posts: 762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I hadn't heard not to use them. I just got over an awful yeast infection and was told by both my OB adn the pharmacist to use an OTC yeast cream. 7 day treatment thing. I tried soaking in a bath tub with avinegar soultion adn that eased teh pain but only teh OTC cleared up teh infection... and not until after i ended up with a UTI as well :
cam&kat's_mom is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 12:15 PM
 
jldumm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: nm
Posts: 674
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
there are some that are better than others because of which ingrediants go into your bloodsteam and pass through the placenta..... the pharmacist can tell you whcih ones

i have tried garlic and acidopholus and only the garlic worked for me. better than the meds but stinky!!

In love with their dad . mom to (dd 5/20/07)notes.gif, and (ds 3/27/09)moon.gif ,and (dd 5/9/11) love.gif, and (ds 5/14/13) nak.gif

jldumm is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 12:31 PM
 
sapphire_chan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 27,052
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Clove of garlic wrapped in cheese cloth? Sounds like whoever gave that advice is waaaay too nervous about how stingy garlic juice is.

Take the clove, chop slits into it, and press it a bit, once it's nice and open and juicy, pop that inside. Change it out every couple of hours. Also, eat more yogurt if you eat dairy, probiotics if you don't. You should feel better overnight.
sapphire_chan is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 12:32 PM
 
sapphire_chan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 27,052
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.perinatology.com/exposures/druglist.htm

A place you can look up all the different chemicals in medications.
sapphire_chan is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 12:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
stiles' mummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
sapphire_chan,

Thanks I will try this method instead. Thanks for the link as well.
stiles' mummy is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 03:55 PM
 
heidirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: adrift in a basket...
Posts: 2,709
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My MW just told me to use Monistat. It helped immediately (by day 2).


Ahhhh......no more itchies.

computergeek2.gif  wife to bikenew.gif and momma to my intact boys headscratch.gif 06/19/06 and mischievous.gif 10/10/08 We delayed/selective vax; constantly wash.gif  always intactlact.gif

Niemals Gewalt
heidirk is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 04:00 PM
 
kohlby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 878
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was told to use monistat as well and it worked. I'm on progesterone suppositories and those make me get yeast infections when I'm pg.
kohlby is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Bellabaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Gex, France
Posts: 826
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had a yeast infection when I was in my first trimester. My doc just said not to insert the med all the way into my vagina. Just go half way. But I used over the counter stuff.

Mamma to dd1 3/8/07, one 9.5.08, and dd2 9/9/09
Bellabaz is offline  
Old 08-01-2008, 04:37 PM
 
HisBeautifulWife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: It costs too much
Posts: 467
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Plain, sugar free yogurt works wonders when applied locally...though it can get messy.
HisBeautifulWife is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 03:28 AM
 
herins's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 826
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
According to my ob-gyn: you are not supposed to take OTC medicines if you have not had a yeast infection before and are not certain that this is one (because vaginitis could be overlooked). If you have previously experienced the hell of a yeast infection, you will recognize the symptoms and can medicate the way you usually do.
herins is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 03:34 AM
 
momto3wantingmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeast infections are always what tip me off to being pregnant as I only really get them during pg and always get a really nasty one in the very begining few weeks. I was told the otc were ok and no one spec. if the 7 day was better then the 1 day so I always use the 1 day if yogert doesn't work. I don't think I could wait 7 days

Oregon : mom x's 4 DS 1995 DD : 2005 DD2 2006 DD3 2008 hopeful future : Also full time college mom!
momto3wantingmore is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 12:48 PM
 
Nillarilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,029
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My midwife suggested boric acid in gelatin capsules for 10 days and then fermalac supps (acidopholis) for 10 days thereafter.

Proud Mama to DS 04/23/06reading.gif DD 02/18/09 modifiedartist.gif, 2 dog2.gif, and wife to wonderfuldh_malesling.GIF and adding another baby.gif. Here's my blog: http://nessabean.blogspot.ca/
Nillarilla is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 01:02 PM
 
mommabear207's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: maine
Posts: 570
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
one of the active ingredients in yeast meds they don't recommend for pregnant women it begins with an f but the others are ok. i got a yeast infection and called the ob and they told which were ok. i ended up with using monistat and they always say to use 7 day one.
mommabear207 is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 01:04 PM
 
kerikadi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Training in Houston
Posts: 4,362
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had a YI before I knew I was pg with #5 and used pearl probiotics, acidophilus, plain organic yogurt, boiron yeast away suppositories and eliminated sugar completely from my diet. Everything was clear in 2 days and I had no regrets about what nasty chemicals I put in my body during the 2ww when I found out I was pregnant

 Keri wife and Mama to  Cory 17,  Brendan 15,  Kerianne 8,  Avery 7,  Lilia 3
kerikadi is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Mamato3wild ponnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: hopefully close to bliss
Posts: 2,064
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My midwife also suggested boric acid in gelatin caps. I also got a yeast infection in my first trimester and feel like i'm maybe getting another one. I ended up not doing the boric acid and used otc instead. I'm thinking maybe i should do something right now, my due date is in 7 weeks and i'd hate to have a yeast infection at delivery.

Mami to fly-by-nursing2.gifds 4 wks, ds 2yo, ds 6yo, dd 11yo, ds 17 yo. novaxnoIRC.gifwaterbirth.jpg
Mamato3wild ponnie is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Baby_Cakes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 9,879
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I also used a 7 day treatment at the advice of my midwife. She did specifically say that the 7 day one is more effective, so I put up with it for 7 long days.

I actually wasn't even having symptoms of a YI, I was having lots of BH contrax at 27 weeks, and when I went in to see her, she did an internal to make sure I wasn't in PTL. She found evidence of the YI waaaay up there, and said that could be causing the BH contrax.

Carrie SAHM to Nora Caitlyn (5) and Finnley Dax (2) homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, intactivist, doula mama!         
Baby_Cakes is offline  
Old 08-03-2008, 10:11 PM
 
Augusta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Boric acid in gelatin caps is the best! I've used OTC stuff and it works okay but I find it very irritating and doesnt' always get the job done. Boric acid has never irritated me and seems to clear up the issues faster and more completely. Plus it's less messy and dirt cheap!
Augusta is offline  
Old 08-04-2008, 05:20 AM
 
moonyoungi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 283
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I thought it's not recommended because fungicides are highly toxic...?
moonyoungi is offline  
Old 08-05-2008, 12:45 AM
 
Lexi_029's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 918
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was told it was 100% fine to use Monistat. The midwife was supposed to prescribe me something for them and she forgot so I was okayed to grab some Monistat. The first yeast infection I've ever had... I was so mad.
Lexi_029 is offline  
Old 08-05-2008, 08:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
stiles' mummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So I finally broke down and bought some Monistat 7 Day treatment. I'm on day 4 and OMG....what a relief. Yeast infections are the worst!!!
stiles' mummy is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off