Having had one or more yeast infections should have no impact on your fertility, but you may have trouble getting pregnant while you currently have one.
Having a yeast infection will not directly affect your chances of getting pregnant. But the itchiness and irritation a yeast infection cause probably won't put you in the mood for intercourse.
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Can infection prevent pregnancy?
Yeast infections are caused by a common fungus called Candida. The acid balance of the vagina keeps this fungus from multiplying. But a change in the acidity of the vagina — often due to illness, menstruation, pregnancy, some antibiotics, or birth control pills — can encourage yeast growth. Moist, tight clothing such as a wet bathing suit can also provide a prime breeding ground for yeast.
Can infection affect pregnancy?
The main symptoms of a yeast infection are itchiness and a white, cheesy discharge. You may also have burning, irritation, and a rash on the outer lips of the vagina.
Yeast infections are very easy to treat with over-the-counter vaginal antifungal medications or the oral prescription drug Diflucan (fluconazole). Most treatments work in one to seven days. There is no danger in having sex while you're taking antifungal medications, but intercourse may further irritate the area and delay healing.
If your symptoms don't go away after you finish taking the drug, see your doctor, who can test for other infections that have similar symptoms. Unlike a yeast infection, chlamydia and gonorrhea (which infect the cervix and can cause scarring and blockage of your fallopian tubes) can hurt your chances of getting pregnant.
Bacterial vaginal infections can affect chances of conception and maintaining pregnancy.
Can bacterial infection prevent pregnancy?
Human bodies contain a lot of bacteria, some good, some bad and most of the time they exist side by side in a state of balance.
The same applies to the vagina where the dominant good bacteria (lactobacilli) keep the bad bacteria in check. They primarily do this by keeping the vaginal pH low (around 4.0). Their food source is called glycogen which they need to produce lactic acid.
It is entirely reasonable for this balance to be occasionally disturbed. In half of these cases, you wouldn’t even realize it as there would be no symptoms. In the other half of cases, you could experience any of mixture of discharge, fishy odor, discomfort, itchiness.
The latter is, however, more common in thrash, and a lot of women mistake the symptoms for thrush and buy the wrong product. Thrush is a yeast infection, and its treatment will not help a bacterial imbalance.
While this bacterial infection is twice as common as thrush, it is not as well known. Normally the body would resolve the issue by itself, and in a day-to-day environment the symptoms could be a lifestyle issue and treatment is required.
Can infection affect a pregnant woman?
It is imperative to avoid a bacterial infection in pregnancy and when trying to conceive, even if there are no symptoms. The disease has been linked to early miscarriage and preterm birth. Ongoing research continues to improve our understanding, and further links have been suggested between the by-products that the bad bacteria produce and not achieving a pregnancy in a particular cycle.
These links are:
- A potential impact on the quality of the cervical mucus, whereby the mucus fails to respond to signals from the sex hormones at the time of ovulation. The mucus does not get the message that you are ovulating and remains like a plug so that it won’t let sperm through.
- A potential to coagulate sperm so that it can’t get through the cervical mucus.
- A potential to prevent the development of the blastocyst after fertilization took place. It looks like an early miscarriage.
How can an infection prevent pregnancy?
The problem is that treatment has traditionally focused on killing the bad bacteria when they are suspected or detected. You would be given antibiotics like metronidazole.
Studies show that harmful bacteria build up by-products that can cause problems when they reach a certain level. Antibiotics won’t kill the by-products so the treatment may kill the bacteria but may be ineffective for the by-products that have already been built up.
The approach of the Zestica Conception Kit is to help your body to maintain its vaginal pH to keep harmful bacteria from developing and from producing their by-products. It also provides the glycogen that your good bacteria need to do this.
Some studies show that up to 1 in 4 women trying to conceive will have the bacterial imbalance. Half of them would not even know it.
The product has no side effects so the aim of Zestica Conception Kit is to help prevent some issues that could be the reason why in that particular cycle no pregnancy was achieved.
When the cause of infertility is known then, the product is unlikely to be the answer. In cases where the cause is unknown, it may be a help for some couples.