How does trichomonal vulvovaginitis affect pregnancy?

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Trichomonal vulvovaginitis is a relatively common sexually transmitted disease, especially among pregnant women. In fact, an estimated 80,000 pregnant women in the United States are affected by trichomoniasis annually. This disease is especially dangerous in pregnancy because many women do not experience symptoms. If unrecognized and untreated, trichomoniasis can cause complications such as premature delivery, low birth weight (a baby under five pounds), or a premature rupture of the membranes. Pregnant women can also spread an infection of trichomoniasis to their fetus while it travels through the birth canal. Research on the effects of medical treatment on pregnant mothers is uncertain, although some studies show that the use of the drug metronidazole may even increase the chance of premature delivery. Ask your doctor about testing and treatment options for trichomonal vulvovaginitis.

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Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis refers to numerous types of infections that can affect the vulva and vaginal area. Causes of vulvovaginitis include yeast, bacteria, parasites STDs and other viruses. If you have symptoms of vulvovaginitis like odor...

, discharge, itching, rash or pain in the vagina, you should call your doctor. You will want to make sure that you are treated for this condition, as it does not always go away on its own.
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