The facts of thrush in women..
Published by Jason Finch
What is thrush?
Thrush is a very common infection that is caused by yeast, also known as “Candida albicans”. Usually the Candida organisms live harmlessly in your stomach and in 1 in 5 women it also resides the vagina. They normally coexist quite peacefully with other normal organisms in your body, and are kept in check by your immune system and also by the good bacteria.
If the conditions in your vagina start to make it favorable for Candida to start multiplying, you can be sure that it will take advantage and start to overgrow as soon as the opportunity occurs. This is the reason why most women will experience at least 1 attack of thrush in their lifetime, and some women may suffer from thrush more than once.
Who can get virginal thrush?
More than half of all women will get thrush at least once in their lifetime. In the majority of cases it develops for no apparent reason. However, certain factors can trigger it which is then more likely to develop. The vagina contains mucus and some harmless bacteria which help to defend the vagina from candidal infection. These natural defenses may be altered or upset by certain situations – E,g, if you are pregnant, if you are diabetic or if you are on a course of antibiotics. So, in these situations, you may be more prone to developing thrush.
Symptoms of vaginal thrush?
The main symptoms of vaginal thrush are usually obvious, but some people may not be aware they have thrush.
Typical symptoms include:
- itching and soreness around the entrance of the vagina
- pain during sex
- a stinging sensation when you urinate
- vaginal discharge, although this isn’t always present; the discharge is usually odorless and it can be thin and watery, or thick and white like cottage cheese
As well as the typical symptoms stated above, you may also get these:
- a red and swollen vagina and vulva
- cracked skin around the entrance of your vagina
- sores in the surrounding area – this is rare, but it may indicate the presence of another condition, such as the herpes simplex virus(which causes genital herpes)
Sometimes symptoms are minor and clear up on their own. Often symptoms can be quite irritating and will not go without treatment.
Do not just assume that you have vaginal thrush. If this is your first time developing any of these symptoms then do visit your doctor. However, if you have had thrush previously then below is a list of various medication available to help treat the condition.
Click the link below to view a short video on vaginal thrush