Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection which affects most women at some point.
What causes Vaginal thrush?
Vaginal thrush is caused by yeasts by a group of fungi called Candida.
You are more likely to get thrush if:
- You are in your twenties and thirties-thrush is less common in girls who haven’t started their periods or women who have gone through the menopause.
- You are pregnant.
- You have sex when you aren’t fully aroused or you’re worried it may hurt.
- You take antibiotics.
- You have poorly controlled Diabetes.
- You have a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of Vaginal thrush include:
- Itchiness or soreness around the entrance of the vagina.
- Vaginal discharge- this can be odourless, thick and white or thin and watery.
- Pain during sex.
- Stinging when peeing.
We advise you to visit a GP when:
- You have thrush for the first time.
- You’re under the age of 16 or over the age of 60.
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
- You have unusual symptoms such as, coloured or smelly discharge or sores on the skin around the vagina.
- You have had two episodes of thrush within the last 6 months.
- You have abnormal vaginal bleeding or pains in your tummy.
- You’ve reacted badly to anti-fungal treatment in the past or it didn’t work.
- You or your partner have recently had an STI or you think it may have returned.
- You symptoms do not improve after 7-14 days of treatment.