Thrush, often referred to as vaginal thrush, is a very common infection that affects as many as 75% of women at some point in their lives. Vaginal thrush is a type of yeast infection, and many of those that experience it will suffer from recurrent bouts of the infection over their lifetime. This infection is not usually dangerous in any way but it can cause discomfort, especially if it persists or recurs. Though the infection can occur after sex, it is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection.
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Vaginal thrush is a type of yeast infection which is caused by a fungus known as Candida albicans. Candida can be present in the vagina without presenting any symptoms of irritation. This is because the bacteria in the vagina can manage the Candida fungus so it does not cause any problems. It is when the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina is changed, and the Candida is allowed to multiply, that infection occurs. Thrush is not technically a sexually transmitted infection, but it can develop after sex and it is possible to pass it on during sexual activity.
Potential triggers of vaginal thrush include taking antibiotics, wearing tight clothing, undergoing chemotherapy and using certain cleansing products such as vaginal douches. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can also increase the risk of developing a yeast infection.
It is entirely possible that you could be infected and not be aware of it, as the infection can be asymptomatic. In this case, the only way to know for sure is to receive a cervical smear test. When symptoms do occur, they most commonly include itching, soreness and general irritation at the vulval area. The vulva and vagina may also be noticeably red. Characteristic of vaginal thrush is a change to the consistency of vaginal discharge, so it appears white and slightly lumpy. You may also experience some mild pain while urinating and during sex.
It is possible to minimise the risk of becoming infected with thrush if you refrain from wearing particularly tight clothing and avoid perfumed cleansing products. It is advisable to wear cotton underwear, especially if you experience recurrent vaginal thrush. Certain products may irritate the vagina and vulva, such as disinfectants and antiseptics, so you should bear this in mind. To minimise the risk of vaginal infections you should always wipe from front to back rather than back to front after going to the toilet.
Vaginal thrush treatments can come in the form of tablets, pessaries and creams. These treatments are available as either over-the-counter or prescription medications, and the choice which will be recommended will usually depend on the severity of the infection.
Creams are sometimes recommended as treatments to be used alongside pessaries or tablets to alleviate any soreness at the vulval area. Some medications such as Canesten are available over the counter in either tablet or pessary form. Another pessary treatment is econazole. Pessaries are fairly popular but they can be inconvenient and messy.
Some people recommend using a “natural” treatment for treating yeast infections in the form of a yoghurt remedy, which involves applying plain live yoghurt to the vulva. There is no evidence, however, to suggest that this method is effective.
"Vaginal thrush affects as many 75% of women during their lives, and is the result of an overgrowth of candida in the vaginal environment. It's uncomfortable, but can easily be treated."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
We offer two treatments for vaginal thrush, Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin. Diflucan contains fluconazole and is an antifungal treatment that comes in tablet form. It is clinically proven to effectively treat a thrush infection. Gyno-Daktarin contains miconazole and comes in the form of a cream. Both tablets and creams are known to be equally effective treatment methods. Your decision between the two options will likely depend on whether you would prefer to take a tablet or insert the cream using the provided applicators.
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