Yeast infections, which are a common annoyance for many women, are especially common during pregnancy. And new research finds that one of the standard treatments could be dangerous for developing babies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a safety alert for pregnant women about taking the oral prescription drug Diflucan (also known as fluconazole). The FDA cites results from a new Danish study that found there is an increased risk of miscarriage for pregnant women who take Diflucan.
“Patients who are pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant should
talk to their health care professionals about alternative treatment
options for yeast infections,” the alert states.
Unfortunately, pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing yeast infections, with an estimated 10 percent of women developing them at some point during their pregnancy.
“Yeast infections are more common during pregnancy,” women’s health expert Jennifer Wider,
M.D., tells SELF. “The hormonal changes that occur in the body while a
woman is pregnant make her more vulnerable to yeast overgrowth because
the pH balance in the vagina is affected.” READ MORE
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