Frequently Asked Questions About Thrush

I’m feeling pretty itchy, is it thrush?

Itchiness is a common symptom of thrush, so you might be right. Take a look at our symptoms page to see if you have any of the other common symptoms.

I hear if you get thrush once, it may come back again. How can I prevent that from happening?

If you get thrush once it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get it again. However, to prevent the recurrence of thrush you may need to make some simple changes to your lifestyle. For example, you should avoid using deodorants and perfumed products around your intimate area and make sure to change your underwear after working out. Click here for more top tips on preventing thrush.

How do I treat thrush?

If this is your first time you have had thrush it’s best to visit a doctor to seek the appropriate treatment. If you have had thrush before, you can easily treat it at home. We recommend treating your thrush symptoms with either Canesten cream or vaginal tablet and using Canesten Sensicare Calm Intimate Soothing Wash to relieve itch.

Can I get thrush from having sex?

Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, however if you are having sex with the same person (male or female) you can pass thrush back and forth as men can get thrush too, even though they may not experience any symptoms. If your male partner has thrush he can treat it with Canesten Cream.

If I take a course of antibiotics will I get thrush?

Not necessarily, everyone is different so it varies from person to person, however about one in three women who take antibiotics get thrush1. Antibiotics can lower the levels of the good bacteria in your vagina which provides an opportunity for the fungus Candida albicans to increase, which can then develop into a vaginal yeast infection.

Is there a type of thrush treatment application that’s better than the others?

All of our thrush treatments are effective at treating your thrush infection. As some people prefer different types of applications however, we’ve developed a range of applications ranging from a pill you swallow to a soft-gel pessary to a cream so everyone can find a treatment they’re comfortable with and suits their needs. If you are pregnant, it’s best to visit your GP for treatment advice. Click here to see our full range of products.

1 Sobel 2007 VVC Lancet Review

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