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Intimate Women's Health Issue - Thrush (Candida)

Intimate Women's Health Issue - Thrush (Candida)

Thrush, sometimes referred to a yeast infection, is unfortunately a very common vaginal infection. It is usually caused by the yeast "Candida Albicans", but other types of yeast sometimes are involved.

 

The common symptoms of thrush include:

  • itch, discomfort or irritation

  • discharge and/or a yeast growth (often described as looking like cottage cheese) in the vaginal area 

  • redness and/or swelling of the inside and/or outer areas

  • stinging or burning when urinating.

 

These symptoms don’t always indicate Thrush, so it is important to see your doctor to rule out any other medical conditions or infections.Candida will flourish in certain environments and situations meaning there are times when we may each be more susceptible to a bout of Thrush

  • antibiotic treatment

  • diabetes

  • hormonal changes (including taking oral contraceptive pill)

  • immune suppression (for example, HIV infection, treatment for some cancers, use of steroids).

 

Thrush is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection, and it is considered unlikely that male partners will become infected easily.

 

Treatment

Even though in Australia you can buy vaginal creams and pessaries or an oral capsule over the counter at pharmacies, it is advised to seek medical attention to have a proper diagnosis, especially the first couple of times you show symptoms. Unfortunately, the doctor will likely perform an internal examination which will probably be uncomfortable considering the areas will be sensitive from the infection.The only advice out there to prevent contracting thrush is the normal toileting hygiene recommendation for women to “wipe from front to back”, as candida is known to “live” within the bowel.

 

Treatment will start working straight away, however symptoms may take a few days to subside and even a little longer till the infection is fully cleared.

Love and light,
Sjana x