Vaginal thrush is extremely common in women all around the world. In fact about 75% of women will have vaginal thrush at least once in their lifetime. Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection that takes place when there is too much of candida yeast in the vagina. Candida yeast lives naturally within the bowel and in small numbers in the vagina, but when there is an overgrowth, thrush is the result. Candida infections usually happen in moist and warm spots of the body. Places like the mouth, vagina, and even your skin are particularly susceptible. Vaginal thrush can also be referred to as Candidiasis or Monilia.
There are times when the presence of thrush is noticed, and times when it’s not. The symptoms of vaginal thrush are vaginal itching, burning sensations around the vagina, and stinging while urinating. Other symptoms of vaginal thrush also include things like redness of the vagina and vulva and vaginal discharge that usually has a cottage cheese-like appearance and is odourless (this can be thick or thin). Pain and the discomfort of stinging sensations during sex is also a symptom of this condition.
Women who are in their thirties or forties, and those who are pregnant tend to make up the majority of women who have vaginal thrush. Although it’s not entirely clear to doctors why some people are more prone to it than others, it is understood that diabetes and certain medical conditions increase the likelihood of it occurring more in certain people.
Other things like wearing tight clothing that prevents natural ventilation, using products like vaginal douches and bubble baths that irritate the vagina, and even chemotherapy can cause vaginal thrush. Taking antibiotics is another culprit reason for about 30% of the women who have thrush. Vaginal thrush is not a sexually transmitted disease, but at the same time it can be passed to your partner through vaginal, oral, or anal sex, during foreplay, and also by sharing sex toys.
Vaginal creams,wipes, and tablets like Fluconazole help to reduce the symptoms of thrush. If you are unsure about which is the best medication for you, then consult a doctor or health care person who you know will specialise in these matters. Always try to get a second opinion. That way you will know what exactly you are up against and how to treat it. Although this can be can be uncomfortable to discuss such things with your doctor, the easiest way to find a cure, or better yet a prevention, is to talk about it.