It’s very common, but you rarely hear it in conversations between women. So let’s talk about thrush, a common yeast infection caused by a simple imbalance of natural vaginal fungus, predominantly Candida Albicans.
Normally, the things that keep candida in check are: good immune system, good bacteria (called lactobacilli) and healthy pH level. However, when the conditions in your vagina change to less acidic, bacteria start to overgrow. This in turn could lead to a yeast infection.1
It’s so common that every 3 out of 4 women get thrush at least once in their lives. Many women also suffer from recurring thrush.2 However, there are some circumstances that can make you more prone to getting this yeast infection. You are more at risk of getting thrush if:
You are pregnant
You have recently finished a course of antibiotics
You have diabetes
You are on your period
You take birth control pills
You have been diagnosed with HIV3
Don’t worry! Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection.
In most cases, it is easy to treat vaginal thrush. For complete relief, you should use vaginal pessary to treat the infection and external cream which can help relieve your symptoms. Canesten offers a range of products like the vaginal pessary and external creams so you can decide which treatment option is more comfortable for you to use. Thrush should clear up within a week after one dose of medicine and/ or using the cream daily.6 Do not be tempted to use external cream only. It will help relieve your symptoms of yeast infection but it won’t get rid of the cause of vaginal thrush. Check with your pharmacist or doctor for more information. Read the package insert prior to use.
Some people suffer from recurring thrush which may be caused by their lifestyle choices. If thrush symptoms are a problem, you can change some habits to stop yeast infection from coming back. First of all, you should remember that your intimate area has different pH than the rest of the body so using regular, perfumed soaps and shower gels can disturb the pH balance in your vagina.
Wearing very tight and synthetic underwear and clothes such as tight leggings can encourage the growth of candida because of the trapped moisture. It is also recommended to change wet clothes like swimming costume or workout outfit straight away. Other tips for avoiding thrush include:
Thrush, also known as a yeast infection can happen to anyone. It is easy to spot the symptoms and treatment can be very straightforward. However, if you suffer from recurring thrush, consider taking probiotics can to help you maintain the natural levels of good bacteria in your vagina.
- Vaginal yeast infection (thrush): Overview, Introduction, in: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK543220/
- Summary, in: Per-Anders Mardh, Acacio G Rodrigues et al.: Facts and myths on recurrent vulvovaginal candidosis, in: International Journal of STD & AIDS 2002; 13: 522± 539
- Proposed and denied pathogenic factors for recurrent vulvovaginal candidosis (RVVC), in: Per-Anders Mardh, Acacio G Rodrigues et al., in: Op. cit.
- Vaginal yeast infection (thrush): Overview, Symptoms, in: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK543220/
- See a GP or go to a sexual health clinic, in: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men-and-women/
- Thrush treatment, in: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men-and-women/
- Host and exogenous factors influencing host-parasite interactions, in: Per-Anders Mardh, Acacio G Rodrigues et al., in: Op. cit.
- Things you can do yourself to ease discomfort and prevent thrush returning, in: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men-and-women/
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