Vaginal Thrush

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┬ásores 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.