Vaginal yeast infections are common, but how do you treat yeast infections during pregnancy? Fluconazole, also known by the brand name Diflucan, is often prescribed to treat vaginal yeast infections. A recent study published on the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ 191:7, 2019) reported that Fluconazole during pregnancy increased the chance of miscarriage by as much as three times that occurring in women not taking this medication during early pregnancy. There was also an 81% higher chance of cardiac defects in offspring of mothers treated with Fluconazole during pregnancy. Fluconazole while safe to use when not pregnant, should not be used during pregnancy. Anti-fungal medications that are reported to be safe to use during pregnancy include Clotrimazole (Mycelx, Lotrimin) and Miconazole (Monistat).
At Fertility Centers of New England, we recommend that patients consult with your doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy. If you have medication questions or have further questions about pregnancy, please contact us today!
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