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.