Vaginitis During Pregnancy

  • Larry C. GilstrapIII


Vaginitis is a common disorder associated with pregnancy. However, the most common symptom associated with vaginal infection, discharge, is also a common complaint in pregnant women without infection. The normal discharge or leukorrhea encountered during pregnancy is usually white and profuse in nature and is secondary to the marked changes in the hormonal milieu that occur during pregnancy. This increase in vaginal secretion is usually not particularly bothersome to the patient and is of little clinical significance except that it may be confused with vaginal infection or occasionally with rupture of the fetal membranes. Vaginitis, on the other hand, may be quite bothersome to the pregnant patient and is frequently difficult to eradicate; recurrences are common. Moreover, specific therapy may have to be either altered or delayed because of fetal considerations.


Vaginal Discharge Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Vaginal Infection Vulvovaginal Candidiasis Gardnerella Vaginalis 
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