Yeast Infection (in Women and Men)

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

When are oral prescription medications used to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

Oral prescription medications, taken in pill or tablet form, can be used to treat recurrent yeast infections or infections that do not respond to topical treatment. Fluconazole (Diflucan) is typically used as the first-choice oral antifungal medicine.

Fluconazole also may be taken as weekly or monthly maintenance for women who have recurrent yeast infections, but it is first necessary to prove by culture that recurrent infections are occurring.

Oral antifungal medications should not be used by pregnant women.

Oral medications also have more side effects, including

How can a yeast infection be treated if I am pregnant?

Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. Pregnant women who develop signs of a yeast infection should see a health care professional. He or she can recommend medications and treatments that are safe during pregnancy. Oral antifungal medications are not recommended for use during some states of pregnancy.

Reviewed on 7/17/2017
References
REFERENCES:

Eckert, L. Acute Vulvovaginitis. New N Engl J Med 2006; 355:1244-1252.

Krapf, JM, MD. " Vulvovaginitis.: Medscape. Updated: Mar 29, 2016.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2188931-overview>

Hetal, BG, MD. "Vaginitis." Medscape. Updated: Nov 06, 2016.>
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/257141-overview> IMAGES:

1.Getty Images

2.Getty Images

3.Getty Images

4.MedicineNet

5.iStock

6.iStock

7.iStock

8.iStock

9.Getty Images

10.Getty Images

11.iStock

Yeast Infection Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Women's Health Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors