Having thrush is normal – around 75% of women will experience it at least once in their lives*

Thrush is a yeast infection caused by the over production of a fungus called Candida. This happens when your immune system is weak or when you are stressed and the good bacteria can’t keep Candida under control.

Symptoms of thrush

Thrush can be uncomfortable and symptoms can differ for different people. Symptoms range from mild to moderate, but can become more complicated in some cases.

Symptoms include:

  • Itching or soreness
  • White discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Stinging while going to the toilet

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms for the first time, you will need to visit your doctor to ensure the correct  diagnosis.

Treating thrush

Treating thrush can be straight forward and can usually be done in the comfort of your own home. There are many different forms of treatment available at your local pharmacy including; oral pills, creams or a pessary.

Pop into your local LloydsPharmacy to discuss the right treatment options for you.

Preventing thrush

If you experience thrush regularly, there are a few things that you can do:

  • Avoid using intimate deodorants or perfumed products
  • Avoid wearing tight underwear and clothing
  • Try to wear cotton or silk underwear

 

Womens Health

*Source: Canesten