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Vaginal infections during pregnancy can cause you a number of bothersome symptoms such as itching, irritation, pain, burning, redness of the vagina and labia, and sometimes swelling. Sometimes they can also cause discomfort or pain during sex, or when urinating when the urine rubs against the irritated genitals.
The predisposition to suffer them during pregnancy is linked to hormonal changes, but you can rest assured that they do not usually affect the baby, since the uterus is a closed compartment whose mission is to prevent the passage of any infectious agent inside.
There are some situations that you cannot modify, such as the hormonal changes typical of pregnancy and the decrease in the immune response at this stage. The important thing is to identify any abnormal discharge and go immediately to the gynecologist to treat the infection in time. It is common to treat the infection with local antifungals or bactericides, which are easy to use, but some are contraindicated in pregnancy and often alter the balance of the vaginal flora. Vaginal probiotics, which contain lactobacilli, are a good therapeutic supplement to restore the balance of the vaginal flora.
Lactobacilli are probiotics used to restore the balance of the vaginal flora and have antiallergic effects, induce the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines and increase immunoglobulin, that is, they have an anti-inflammatory effect and increase defenses. Lastly, it should be taken into account that many of these infections require treatment as a couple, since the man can also be infected and if he does not carry out the treatment, he is more likely to suffer recurrences.
Taking a few minimum precautions you can avoid the discomfort caused by vaginal infections and enjoy your sexuality safely throughout your pregnancy. Recent studies indicate that the daily intake of 145 milliliters daily of yogurt, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, significantly reduces the risk of vaginal infections. Plus:
1. Change your underwear every day.
2. If you use protectors, choose those that do not contain deodorant and change them several times a day.
3. Don't wear lycra clothing daily, but cotton.
4. Don't wear tight pants daily, because they inflame the vulva.
5. Avoid douching or washing. It is only recommended to clean the outside of the genitals with water, or with a neutral or white soap without perfume.
6. Do not apply any type of spray or intimate deodorant.
7. Clean the vulva from front to back, so as not to drag microorganisms from the anus into the vagina.
8. Avoid eating foods rich in sugar, yeast and caffeine. These ingredients promote the overgrowth of fungi.
9. Eat yogurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus.
10. Sleep without underwear to reduce humidity in the vulvar area.
11. Do not completely shave your pubis, since with shaving microcuts can occur in the vaginal lips or in the perineum.
12. Change your wet swimsuit as soon as you get out of the water. Moisture is an excellent breeding ground for the germs and fungi that cause vaginal infections.
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