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Thrush in women

Thrush is caused by the yeast Candida albicans. About 2 women in 5 have Candida in the vagina, without it causing any symptoms. Hormones in the vaginal secretions and the friendly vaginal bacteria keep it at bay. Problems arise when this natural balance is upset, and Candida multiplies. This can happen:

  • during pregnancy (but thrush is less likely during breastfeeding)
  • when you take antibiotics (because these get rid of the friendly bacteria)
  • if you have diabetes, especially if your blood sugar levels are consistently too high
  • if you wear tight, non-porous underwear, such as nylon knickers and tights (because Candida thrives in warm, moist conditions)
  • if the vulva or vagina is sore for any other reason, particularly if you scratch (because damaged tissue is more susceptible to Candida)
  • if you are ill for any reason
  • if you are taking any drugs, such as steroids, which lower the body's resistance to infection.
Attacks of thrush are very common. Most women have had at least one attack by their mid-20s. Thrush is not a dangerous infection, but it can cause a lot of distress if it keeps coming back. It is very uncomfortable and can wreck your sex life.

Myths about thrush – true or false?

The contraceptive pill causes thrush
Probably false. Doctors are still arguing about this, but there is very little evidence for it.
Thrush is a sexually transmitted disease
False. Women who are not sexually active can suffer from thrush. The Candida yeasts are already in the vagina, and they cause thrush when the body's natural balance that keeps it under control is upset.
Thrush always causes a discharge
False. Itching is the usual symptom of thrush and there is often no discharge at all, or just a slight discharge.
Thrush is very smelly
False. If there is an odour, it is minimal and not unpleasant.
Thrush can be prevented by douching the vagina
Very definitely false. Douching is squirting a soapy or antiseptic solution into the vagina to cleanse it. There is no need to do this, because the vagina cleans itself very efficiently. In fact, douching has the opposite effect; it destroys the friendly bacteria, gets rid of the healthy acidity and damages the lining, allowing thrush and other infections to take hold easily.
Thrush is more common in people who have allergies
Possibly true: people who suffer from hay fever are more likely to suffer from repeated episodes of thrush (British Journal of Sexual Medicine 2007;30(2):46).

How do you know if you have thrush?

There are three main symptoms of thrush.
  • The commonest symptom of thrush is itching and/or soreness around the entrance of the vagina (vulva). The soreness means that you have a stinging sensation when you pass urine and that sex is uncomfortable.
  • There may also be a thick, whitish discharge (like cottage cheese), or a watery discharge. The discharge does not smell unpleasant.
  • The vulval area looks red, there may be cracks in the skin and the vaginal lips (labia) are often swollen.
It is very difficult to know if thrush is the cause of your problem without having a test, because these symptoms can also occur in other types of infection. For example, an infection in the bladder (cystitis) will also cause stinging when you pass urine, various infections can cause vaginal discharge or vulval soreness, and some skin diseases (which are not infections) can cause vaginal itching.
Researchers in the USA tested women who felt sure they had thrush, and were buying thrush medication from a grocery store or pharmacy (Obstetrics and Gynecology 2002;99:419–25). They found that only 33% had thrush as their only problem. Another 20% had thrush as well as a different infection that needed a different treatment, such as bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis.
This means that if you think you have thrush you have two possible courses of action.
  • You could see your doctor or to go to a genitourinary medicine clinic to check the diagnosis. If you have never had these symptoms before this is sensible.
  • You could buy thrush medication from a pharmacy. According to the American research, there would be a less than 50:50 chance that this would be the right treatment. So if the symptoms persist after the course of treatment, see a doctor for a proper check-up and do not just buy more thrush medication.


Creams and pessaries. If you have thrush, the Candida will be on the skin of the vulva, and also in the vagina. Therefore you need:
  • an anti-thrush cream to deal with the Candida on the skin
  • an anti-thrush pessary to deal with the Candida in the vagina; a pessary is a specially shaped lump of anti-thrush medication for insertion into the vagina.

There are various types of anti-thrush creams and pessaries. Most contain -azole drugs, such as clotrimazole, econazole, fenticonazole or miconazole. These drugs are very similar and are all more or less equally effective. Nystatin is another type of anti-Candida pessary; it may stain your clothes yellow.

Some of these treatments can be bought from pharmacies without a doctor's prescription, in packs containing both cream and pessaries. Read the directions carefully, because some types of pessary (such as nystatin) have to be inserted every night for 2 weeks, but others need to be used for fewer days.
In about 15% of people, these treatments may cause a burning feeling or irritation soon after applying the cream.
Many anti-thrush creams and pessaries can damage condoms and contraceptive diaphragms.
Treatments that you swallow (oral treatments). Some special anti-thrush tablets and pills are now available, such as fluconazole and itraconazole, which can be used instead of creams and pessaries. These are called oral treatments. Oral treatments have to be prescribed by a doctor; do not try swallowing a pessary that is meant to be inserted in the vagina. Although oral treatments are simpler than creams and pessaries, they can have side effects, so most doctors prescribe them only for very troublesome thrush that keeps coming back.

Why do some people keep getting thrush?

A common scenario is that you develop thrush, you treat it with an anti-thrush cream or vaginal pessary, the symptoms disappear, and then a few weeks later they come back again. This is called recurrent thrush. Doctors do not fully understand why some people suffer from recurrent thrush. There are three different theories.
  • The gut theory says that Candida yeasts lurk in the lower part of the gut (rectum). When you use an anti-thrush cream, you get rid of thrush from the vulva (the area around the opening of the vagina). According to this theory, you later get a reinfection from your own gut. This theory was very popular in the 1970s, but most doctors no longer believe it, because clearing Candida from the gut (with a long course of tablets) does not prevent recurrent thrush.
  • The sexual theory says that your partner reinfects you, even though he does not have any symptoms himself. It is true that about 20% of the partners of women with recurrent thrush have the same type of yeast in their mouth or on their fingers or genital area, but most do not have any. And scientific studies mainly show that treating her partner has no effect on the likelihood of a woman having recurrences.
  • The vaginal relapse theory is the one believed by most doctors. It seems that treatment does not eliminate the Candida totally. Tiny numbers of the yeast remain. If the situation is right for them for instance, the skin is moist and warm they slowly multiply until there are enough to cause symptoms again.

What to do if you keep getting thrush

Check that you really do have thrush. If it usually goes away with anti-thrush treatment, it probably is thrush, but it is worth making sure. According to research from the University of Leeds (published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections in 2001), a third of women who attended a clinic because of recurrent thrush did not actually have thrush. There were other reasons for their symptoms.
To check whether or not you have thrush, you should visit your family doctor or local genitourinary medicine clinic to have a swab taken. The swab will be sent to a laboratory, which will be able to tell if there is Candida or similar yeasts. Although Candida is the usual cause of thrush, in about 5% of cases symptoms are due to a slightly different type of yeast, for which another treatment might be more effective. With recurrent thrush there is an even greater chance that it is an unusual type.
Look after yourself. It is crucial to make life as difficult as possible for the Candida yeasts, so take a look at our list of  dos and don'ts for anyone with a vaginal or vulval problem. Avoid anything that might irritate the vulva, such as bubble baths, perfumed soaps, vaginal deodorants and douches. For sex, use a lubricant to lessen the chance of damage to the vulva and vagina.
Keep the vulval area dry. Candida yeasts like warm, moist places so dry carefully after bathing or showering. Avoid tight fitting or synthetic-fiber knickers choose cotton.
Use aqueous cream for washing the genital area, instead of soap. You can buy this from pharmacies. Apply it to the area, and then wash it off. (British Journal of Sexual Medicine 2007;30(2):46)
Avoid long courses of antibiotics. The longer a course of antibiotics, the more likely it will lead to thrush. So if you need antibiotics, ask your doctor if a short course would be appropriate
Natural remedies. If your recurrences are predictable, try a natural remedy to ward it off. For example, if your thrush usually comes before a period, on days 21–24 of your cycle, you could try a natural remedy starting on day 18. But remember that you can get a reaction to a natural remedy as easily as to a cream from the chemist, so stop straight away if that happens. Here are some popular natural remedies.
  • Gently smear a small amount of bio (live) yoghurt over the vulva, and also put it inside the vagina. The easiest way to do this is to use a tampon with its applicator. Push the tampon back inside the applicator so you have a space for about a teaspoonful of yoghurt. Then insert the tampon in the usual way, which will push the yoghurt into the top of the vagina. Remove the tampon an hour later. However, a scientific study showed that yoghurt did not decrease thrush (British Medical Journal 2004;329:548).
  • Tea tree oil is another possibility. Dilute 20 drops or tea tree oil in half a cup of water, soak a tampon in this liquid and then insert it into the vagina. Change it as frequently as you would a normal tampon.
  • Buy some 9% acetic acid gel (Aci-Jel) from a pharmacy. It comes with its own applicator.
Do not bother trying a yeast-free or sugar-free diet. There is no evidence at all that these diets have any effect.
Ask your doctor about oral treatment. A 7-day or 14-day course of an anti-thrush drug taken by mouth (oral treatment) may deal with the Candida yeasts more thoroughly. After that, you could use the pessaries in the vagina once or twice a month to prevent the problem returning.
Oral treatments may have side effects, and are unsuitable if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Consider long-term medication if you are having many troublesome recurrences. Your doctor can prescribe oral treatment, which is usually taken once a week. After 6 months, you stop the treatment and wait and see if the thrush returns (New England Journal of Medicine 2004;351:876–83). However, taking a prescription drug regularly for a condition that is not seriously hazardous to your health is a big decision. It is not suitable if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Discuss all the pros and cons very carefully with your doctor, and go for it only if your symptoms are really distressing. Some doctors favor an anti-allergy medication in addition to the anti-thrush treatment (British Journal of Sexual Medicine 2007;30(2):46).
Consider asking your partner to get treatment. Clinics do not usually advise that your partner is treated (because they do not believe in the sexual theory of thrush). But if you have lots of recurrences, it might be worth asking your partner to be treated as well.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Friday, February 26th 2010


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Posted by imaflame on 14/01/2016 at 12:02

Being pregnant is the worst for me i get thrush 3 times a month if not more! :(

Posted by Mandy parker on 31/12/2015 at 12:39

Iv been getting thrush really bad for nearly 3 years I'm never free from it seen GP all they do is give me cream don't help was wondering coz I'm typ 2 would that make a differnt s thanks

Posted by Optional on 29/12/2015 at 06:33

i have suffered with thrush many years i go. i did not know the problem till i read out about it.i get it almost every month during my periods times. i also get piles at the same time so u can imagine the pain i go through. my cousin told me about Coarse Sea Salt you put in in hot water in a bucket then you steam yourself it really help me. It is not an expensive remedy but works wonders.

Posted by Pinky on 27/12/2015 at 06:09

My private area is very itchy and saw and i know i have thrush! So i brought some thrush cream but it seems to be getting a little bit better! But i cant sleep at all without itching..... Is there anything stronger i can take? Or food i can eat? And how long does it take to go ? Because its pissing me off!!!!!

Posted by Optional on 19/12/2015 at 01:38

while am in sex my urinary skin was broken now it was become very big and pus and getting very pain and cant able to pass urine pls helppppppppppp

Posted by Xjulezx on 19/12/2015 at 02:19

I get reoccurring thrush and sometimes bacterial vaginosis I have not had thrush in a long long time because I was taking the odourless garlic capsules from Tesco my mum is an aromatherapist she told me that garlic pills flush the bacteria out constantly and it's true because when I was taking them my thrush stopped I had no urine infections and no bv so it really does work but do not take one a day ones because they aren't strong enough the Tesco ones work and they are 3 tabs per day and they work. Recently I've stopped taking them because I ran out so I bought the one a day ones and I'm on antibiotics because I developed a urine infection and now because of the antibiotics I now have thrush again! So the one per day ones don't work at all they are 2mg which is nowhere near strong enough.I've seen ones in superdrug and they are very high and strong at 8 hundred and something mg so I'm buying them tomorrow as for now this thrush is driving me mad!

Posted by motunrayo on 27/10/2015 at 11:51

Hi, am still a virgin buh I av whitish discharge and sometimes with blood stains in it that stinks and also abdominal pains. Please is this a symptom of thrush?

Posted by debbie on 11/10/2015 at 07:44

hey um seeking for help remakarbly iam still a virgin um not involve in sexual activities unfortunatley um having an unsual discharge which has a bad smelling bissically it is yellowish creamish i went to hospital several times they gave pills but i canot get help so dnt know wat to do

Posted by Helpppppp on 04/10/2015 at 07:19

Helpppp my vigina is very itchy and I lose sleep! My mum says not to worry but I can't help but scratch and then it cools down for a minute but then it starts again, what should I do

Posted by Piper on 20/09/2015 at 11:21

I have recurring vaginal discharge for years, and a bad odor especially during my period. I am not able to insert tampons and have never used them, I have tried to insert pessaries but have not been able to do this either. My period was two weeks late this time and is only visible when I go to the toilet to pass solid waste and their is light straining involved. My previous period was heavy and lasted fourteen days. Could this be the thrush or could it be menopause?

Posted by Guest on 05/09/2015 at 10:53

Hi. Someone please help me!! I went to the doctors last week and was diagnosed with thrush, I was given tablets creams and a pessary to use however none have helped and my symptoms seemed to be getting worse. I am now starting to think there is a chance I may have herpes and I'm getting really scared, I have all the symptoms of thrush, however I have also had a fever and have little red spots on my vagina aswell (which are both a symptom of herpes) Are spots a common symptom related to thrush? Or do I need to start panicking and go back to the doctor?

Posted by Jenny on 03/09/2015 at 07:03

I am shocked to read that you don't recommend a yeast and sugar free diet - this is an absolute basic in getting candida under control!! Candida feeds on sugar and yeast - this is proven. Give it more of what it feeds on and it will grow. I've had candida issues for more than 20 years and changing my diet to a no sugar one is the base line of what is helping me to finally get it under control. I"m not the only one, do more research. Even the doctors (in the UK) recommend it.

Posted by Guest on 03/09/2015 at 06:06

Thrush can be sexually transmitted from one partner to the other via intercourse and oral sex.

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2015 at 09:37

Could u die from thrush is it harmful to you,

Posted by lesego on 13/08/2015 at 05:32

i have itching vulva and i went to see dr he gave me medication but it is still the same and im hiv negative its really irritating need help

Posted by Optional on 28/07/2015 at 07:32

This article and comments I read were very helpful. I have always suffered from thrush since my early teens. It is good to know that I am not the only one suffering from re-occuring yeast infection. After consulting with so many doctors I have decided to go the natural remedy, diet method and I hope it will work! Let the struggle continue :-D

Posted by Optional on 23/07/2015 at 11:04

Hi i get a thick yellow discharge a week before my the lips of the virgina,it has some cracks.after periods al is fyn.this prob has been re occuring.wap can be the problem?

Posted by Optional on 20/07/2015 at 12:52

have tried all the remedies but the problem keeps on coming back what should I do?its nw three years since I started feeling it

Posted by LEMO on 02/07/2015 at 07:57

since 16 and now 19 this white yellowish cheese like stuff keeps coming out of my vagina and am still a virgin i have consulted a docter twice but still no change but currently am using the cream but the yellowish things havent stopped what is wrong with me ...pls help me out

Posted by Optional on 17/06/2015 at 11:47

I have had recurrent thrush for 5 years. seeing a second specialist / gynaecologist so hopefully a low dose treatment over 6months will work. I have been pregnant twice in this time and it all started while I was pregnant with my first child and worsen with my second. I find its worse to the lead up of my menstrual cycle. Crossing fingers I can get rid of it once and for all. my husband has been tested and he is doesn't have it.

Posted by samuel on 13/06/2015 at 10:19

I have this but don't know we're to find help red sores on my penis so painful I tried using salt BT in makes it so dried up plz help

Posted by Optional on 17/03/2015 at 04:29

PLEASE HELP!!! I've had thrush before, from last time there is still a pain around my clitoris.. It's so uncomfortable and makes sex unpleasant sometimes, the doctor just suggests the canesten cream but I need something that will actually help!!!

Posted by Optional on 09/03/2015 at 07:30

I find the info about causes of thrush useful and very knowledgable thanks

Posted by Optional on 15/02/2015 at 09:59

hi.. m suffering from thrush after havng sex without any precaution n most of the tym white discharge comes from it n itching also.. i hv taken flucanozole.. bt m worried and wants to know that it can be a pregnancy symptom??

Posted by Naana on 23/01/2015 at 09:07

i kept having reccuring thrush and itching all over my vagina. So is it effective rubbing coconut oil in there?

Posted by Marilyn on 18/01/2015 at 10:56

This was wonderful information. it was very helpfull.

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2014 at 12:20

according this blog is that true if antibiotic and sugar can causes yeast infection?

Posted by Optional on 29/12/2014 at 04:49

On and off for awhile I have had itching down there. So, naturally when you have an itch, you scratch it. So, I did. It felt better after that. But, also naturally I had to use the bathroom and when I went it burned. I know it's not an STI because I'm a virgin. No one touches me down there except me. But I have recently started masturbating a lot. So, should I be more clean when I do? My clit and labia are also very swollen. I'm very scared and not sure what to do. Any advice?

Posted by Optional on 28/12/2014 at 02:44

I keep getting thrush and my gp insists giving me canestan pessaries and cream they don't work. this has been going on for years and im so fed up of it now

Posted by patience on 18/12/2014 at 04:34

I believe that I have thrush and it keeps coming back I've been to the clinic and given bio-metronidazole tablets multiple times I have to take 5 tablets at a time Bt the problem is that I'm 6 months pregnant I'm not sure if this thrush is dangerous or not to my Baby and it's impossible to have sex wat is it that I must do bcoz the itching can't be ignored and wen I rub my outer vagina gets swollen in a scary way

Posted by Ouch on 10/12/2014 at 11:23

idk if its thrush or not. but five days ago, i had fever caused by throat infection and so i was given antibiotics and paracetamol by the doctor. then in the evening i wore a really tight skinny jeans to go have dinner but i sat in a fetal position on of the pool lounge chairs while waiting for the food and that caused my vulva to be swollen. then, three days ago, i noticed when i pee, it burns. i feel like i have a cut on my inner lip. is this thrush? i'm a virgin and have never masturbated

Posted by Optional on 04/12/2014 at 08:03

Hi, I recently realized I have a recurrent yeast infection( thrush), I only found out after having sex when it became painful that something was wrong. Now my boyfriend has a red rash on his penis. Did he get that from me??, because he got it a day after we had sex. An according to my knowledge u can spread thrush to your partner,,

Posted by Optional on 28/11/2014 at 11:49

I developed thrush from 14 years old, it was awful people found out but they believed I had been having sex!! I was actually diagnosed at 18 that I was diabetic, things got worse though I also have many,many allergies as well so I get frustrated when people expect me to fix it. I have it right now this is the worst reaction to date and I'm 29 now. I have quite literally made it bleed because the intense is too much. Creams making it worse. I can't get an appointment for a few weeks to even see a doctor. It's the weekend and I seriously need to get help fast as I feel faint with it!

Posted by Optional on 12/11/2014 at 11:59

I've had recurrent thrush for around three months now. I got it once when I was younger, but it's recently flared up ever since I've given Nexplanon the chance to settle. I'm sick and tired of constantly having bouts of thrush, Canesten works for a while and then the thrush just comes back again! Absolutely sick and tired.

Posted by Optional on 24/09/2014 at 07:49

I have blood stained discharge and not sure if I should use thrush medication

Posted by Tell on 05/09/2014 at 02:43

Can I get thrush from having anal sex then puttin the penis into my vagina straight after, because since doing this I've had severe itching and burn like symptoms, I've had thrush before and is a similar feeling n this is the only thing I can think of that could of caused it. Sorry for the detailed info but I need help

Posted by Optional on 11/08/2014 at 11:18

I have had recurrent thrush for almost a year, and it is incredibly frustrating. It began after a course of antibiotics, and since then I have had to treat it almost every month. I have had creams, pessaries, and flucamozole. The medicine that helps the most is a herbal mixture I get from the natropath, with andographis, pau d'arco, barberry, echinacea, and rosemary. I have not yet kicked the thrush - but I absolutely agree with 'angel' from 09/06/2013: diet has everything to do with it. I completely notice the difference if I have sugar or beer/wine. I try to drink only spirits with soda water, and if I don't I can tell. Also any sugar binging completely sets it off. I rate 'angel's advice very highly because they are all the things I have noticed myself, and would only recommend the herbs in addition. It is boring and anti-social to be without sugar and alcohol, but it really helps.

Posted by Lesley on 22/07/2014 at 05:14

Mine turns out to be caused by an allergy to Naproxen which I only took for period pain hence once a month thrush. Until that was 2 doses taken for a bad ankle and all my symptoms flared up couldn't understand why until I worked out connection to Naproxen.

Posted by fanny rash creams delivery for itchy sore fannys on 02/03/2014 at 09:37

I have been suffering from severe fanny rash after to much sex with my boyfriend it is to embarrassing to tell him that I have got fanny rash and thrush and he has got a sore penis for several weeks after we made love to each other so how do I order a 12 months supply of creams for this problem for both of us

Posted by Optional on 23/02/2014 at 01:07

I've Benny recently on antibiotics and the last couple of days I've been getting burning pain occasionally when I urinated, cracking around the vaginal opening, inflammation, throbbing pain as well as occasionally getting a white discharge. Still not sure whether this is thrush or something else

Posted by Optional on 12/02/2014 at 10:41

I keep taking thrush over and over again! Its been going on for the past year and a half! No creams or tsblets ever work! It is driving me mad! Making me upset all the time! Someone please help

Posted by chileshe goretty on 09/02/2014 at 08:08

the imformation is useful thank you!

Posted by Optional on 30/01/2014 at 09:48

I'm not sure if I really have thrush but after like a day of school from 8-1pm, my vagina usually has this whitish thick discharge and it itches and burns really really BAD. I need help because I don't know what to do.

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2014 at 12:18

This is a fairly good article, however they are wrong with saying that cutting out of sugar and yeast don't help. Like the woman who posted on the 2011/2013 I had exactly the same issue for a number of years. Monthly thrush attacks, monthly GP visits, test, more tests etc. Was put on medication but would get episodes again as soon as I stopped the meds. After 2 years of this I was advised to cut out sugar and wheat and go on a low tolerance diet. For a year I did this and had NO attacks. So it did work, the only problem is that a low tolerance diet is boring! After more research and tests I had a full allergy test done. The only thing that showed up was a mild intolerance to Fructose. The doc said it was nothing to worry about however I decided to cut out high fructose foods and guess what, never had a problem since! So the sugar fed the problem exacerbated by my Fructose issue. For 6 years I've been fine now. Obviously not everyone has a Fructose allergy, but I wanted to point out that we are all different and you should look into all avenues, as you never know what could trigger YOU. hope this helps :)

Posted by becks on 13/01/2014 at 01:39

Very useful info.. Thank you now i know i don't have to worry..very good sight answers all my questions

Posted by m on 20/11/2013 at 09:23

I suffer from thrush alot. I also tend to get almost like a paper cut on my vagina below my pubic area between the lips and thrush treatments havent cleared this up. Im starting to worry and really need answers! I will go see a doctor but usually get sent away with the usual 'its thrush' someone help its messing with my sex life :(

Posted by Worried on 15/11/2013 at 08:55

Hey,im really worried i keep getting thrush back it's been a year now and i've been to the doctor twice,he gave me the meds and it disappeared for a week the it starts again... I don't know what to do anymore because going to the doctor is costing me so much :(

Posted by Jessica on 03/11/2013 at 03:50

I'm only 14 and have bumps near my vagina and a line that looks like I got a paper cut but I didn't, it itches bad and burns . I've never had sex inner course with someone. What should I do? And what kind of meds should I get, to prevent it from stopping? Please I need advise.

Posted by Optional on 19/10/2013 at 08:37

Why does it say women over 60 should not take the tablet for thrush??

Posted by Optional on 19/10/2013 at 03:02

I went on a trip to bali in 2007 and I got really sick. When I came back I was on a course of antibiotics that gave me the worst thrush of my life. It lasted up until 2012. I went to doctor after doctor and then specialist after specialist. I tried thrush creams and tablets, boric acid tablets, yoghurt, apple cider vinigar, basically anything I could to try and stop it for good. Nothing seemed to work. Until spring 2012 when my hayfever was really bad I took hayfever tablets certirizine everyday once a day and noticed after a month that my thrush had gone. Its been over a year and it hasn't returned. So now my hay fever is under control and my thrush is gone. I plan on stopping the certirizine tablets to see if it comes back. Fingers crossed it doesn't.

Posted by JD on 05/10/2013 at 01:16

I used to suffer from thrush in my last trimester of pregnancy and with a 6 day Canesten pessary treatment the problem would be resolved. However after baby number four, I have been unable to get rid of of the thrush even with several Canestan pessary treatments (1 day, 6 day pessaries plus creams and/or Flucozanole tablet). Once the treatment finished, the thrush was back the following day. After testing positive to Candida Albicans (again), I have taken a 200mg Diflucan tablet at the start followed by a 7 day Resolve cream pessary treatment followed by another 200mg Diflucan treatment on day 8. The thrush returned the following day. I am not diabetic, I have been tested for STD's and am clear of any, I only wash with Fem Fresh and wear cotton underwear. Any other suggestion?

Posted by Deena on 17/09/2013 at 09:50

I think, but not completely sure, that I may have swallowed a Canesten pessary over a month ago. Nothing has happened to me. Again, I cannot remember 100% if I did or if I threw it out. I seem fine and healthy but what actually happens if you swallow a pessary and don't go to the ER?

Posted by h on 10/09/2013 at 10:09

I get thrush about 6times year on sometimes lasting a day sometimes upto a few months , nothing works to get rid its beginning to really get me down. ive been tested for other things to make sure its definitely thrush and was all clear I don't know what to do .

Posted by Optional on 27/08/2013 at 01:52

Itching and rash in and around the Vulva and vagina..spread to the thighs and towards the anus. washing in warm salt water did not clear it . Used lime juice in it that too did not lessen.. it is spreading making it most uncomfortable to sit and is itching continuously.

Posted by sassy on 21/08/2013 at 04:40

I have lived where iam for almost 5 months I have not been sexually active since April and Iam std - I share bathroom I take 2 showers a day first it was a yeast infection now it bv only time i experienced this was 10 months ago at my grandma house and i moved out i was fine until i moved in here whats the problem

Posted by caroline on 23/07/2013 at 09:12

Ive been missing my periods of for the past 7 month since I started preventing with an injection.and my thrush keeps on coming back is not sour and I even enjoy my sex life could it be a thrush.

Posted by Lilian on 23/07/2013 at 05:01

I have been treating thrush for 2 yrs now buying cream and pessary Why does it not clear completely ? I've noticed the lips have shrunk plus the left side is black in colour is there a reason for this ?

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2013 at 01:19

Hi.. Iv been getting this burning/stingy sensation in my vagina and also its really itchy! I have used vasaline and suducream but it only cools it down for an hour or so but its driving me crazy! Its been goin on for 3 weeks now, yes im sexually active but i have not had sex for 3 months now.. It also burns and itches in the enterance of my vagina. What could this be? Please someone help!!!!!

Posted by t.k on 01/07/2013 at 08:30

dose recurrent thrush damage your reproductive system somehow???

Posted by chioma on 25/06/2013 at 04:32

Am just worried about my boyfriend being infected cause we just had unprotected sex two days ago before i confirmed i had a thrush. Thanks alot your sight helped alittle but am still tackling with reoccurrence.

Posted by Optional on 25/06/2013 at 12:21

I was place on Primulut N and Multlvit b/c i was bleeding but its has stop and i ve sex i don't know if am pregnant then few weeks later i experience bumps very painful,boils,rashs.burning and it cranshing me in my private part is it thrush

Posted by angel on 09/06/2013 at 02:13

Hello. I had thrush for 5 years.I have been free of it for 2 years. I want to share with you how I beat it - because my research on the internet and reading all your comments helped me. I would describe it as an intense discomfort/pressure/heat in the vagina/UTI/bladder area, a need for relief. In my case there wasn't so much discharge, when I used creams they did occasionally cause me to bleed which panicked me. Traditional medicine, unfortunately, failed in my case. After around 30 tubes of cream to treat it, around 10 x oral treatments, they had no more answers. I was desperate and no one could help me. So I educated myself to try and fix it myself. I now give a lot more weight to naturopathy than medicine. It started for me when I had a boyfriend that had a UTI. I believe this is linked to thrush. After that I would get one or the other or both together. It got quite serious and I had to be hospitalised for a UTI. Before this I had never experienced it. Medicine tries to say you can't catch this. In my case that would appear incorrect. It looks like this was introduced into my body and then my body ran with it. In summary - thrush it is caused by an imbalance. There is too much sugar (acid/yeast/fungus) in your body and not enough to alkalise it. So the sugar (yeast) over grows and causes you discomfort. Your immune system is in the gut - so your intake of food is directly contributing to your immunity and yeast. Here are the answers (that worked for me) for beating a thrush case: 1. Eat probiotics - buy good ones that sit in the fridge and have 2 tablets 3 times a day. People always say use yoghurt, the reason for this is because it has probiotics. But probiotics tablets are immensely more powerful. This will start to help you within 1-2 days. Dairy often has antibiotics in it so I avoid it. When you don't have thrush, have 1 a day to keep your immune system (which is the gut) strong. 2. Drink water. Not tap water with all the metals from the pipes. You don't want to give your body more toxins to clear. Bottled water. Drink 2-3 litres a day. Help your body clear out what it's fighting. 3. After intercourse ALWAYS urinate. Always. Get into the habit. It cleans the area/tract. As I said UTIs and thrush seem to be linked. Don't go to sleep without doing this. Stay up and drink water if you have to and then go. I saw almost immediate results when I started to do this. 4. When you go to the bathroom to do number 2, always wipe away from the vaginal area, upwards. 5. During intercourse make sure you keep the number 2 area and vaginal area separate. Mixing these you are feeding thrush. 6. Don't drink beer, wine or champagne. These are liquid yeast. Get into the habit of drinking liquors. I myself would find a direct correlation between a night out on champagne and thrush/UTI. To this day I stay away from these. 7. Cut out sugar. It feeds thrush. When you drink the liquors above, have them with soda water, not soft drink or fruit juices. I eliminated my intake of sugar entirely for a period of time. And not just lollies and soft drinks, but BREAD, PASTA, PASTRIES, BISCUITS are all sugar. Eat Rye crackers and if you have to have toast (say 1-2 a week max), sourdough. It has less yeast. Have chicken with rice, red meat with potato. Vegetables. Have eggs for breakfast with herbal tea. 9. Rest. If you feel it coming on stop what you are doing, following steps 1-2 above and go to bed. Your immune system is struggling. 10. AVOID STRESS like the plague. It attacks your immune system. 11. Learn about anti fungal foods and fungal foods. I avoid mushrooms to this day. And I consume a lot of coconut products. They are delicious and natural antifungals. Honey (manuka) and tea tree may also do the trick. 12. One more I just remembered. Cut out caffeine (not just coffee, black and green tea are laden with it). I don't know why, maybe because it stimulates stress in the body, but it seems to be a contributor to thrush like sugar. It sounds like a commitment, but if you get this regularly, in my opinion your immune/gut is out of balance and you need to rebalance it. I hope you have at least some luck with the above - I swear by the list above.

Posted by lungile on 29/05/2013 at 05:55

This information has been useful to me,thank you.

Posted by Optional on 23/05/2013 at 10:45

I think the part about changing your diet is complete rubbish, I suffered from thrush roughly 12- 13 times in one year and it was hell and I tried EVERYTHING to make it stop and the only thing that has left me thrush free for over a year is a wheat free diet and avoiding high sugar foods, following this diet for about 7 months and then slowly reintroducing foods has worked wonders for me.

Posted by Optional on 28/04/2013 at 02:35

Hi I'm a mother to a 10month old baby, I keep getting the redness, the itchiness, the doctors have said it thrush, I have taken the capsules they help for a couple of weeks then every time I have sexual intercourse with my partner it comes back. What can I do to get rid of this.

Posted by me on 24/04/2013 at 10:27

I have thrush and have been inserting pessaries. usually by the morning, it would have dissolved and be all over my panties, but this morning there was nothing, and up to now still havent seen anything. What could be wrong?

Posted by pat on 09/04/2013 at 03:56

I cannot get rid of this burning and throbbing in my vagina, doctor says its thrush, i have tried everything and its still there. It is ruining my life, it also feels like something is pressing on my bladder i keep peeing but urine says no infection please help,im at my wits end. I have even emailed gynecologists to get help and have even resorted to going to a gum clinic and im not even sexually active anymore.

Posted by Optional on 02/04/2013 at 10:37

"Can wreck your sex life" what complete nonsense and what a horrible and insensitive thing to say! There is always a way to manage thrush and it's so common that if it did ruin sex lives then the population wouldn't be growing!! Stupid and inconsiderate. No one take notice of that please.

Posted by Optional on 01/04/2013 at 01:52

None of those symptoms happen its just yellow

Posted by linda on 19/03/2013 at 07:56

i suffer constantly from thrush but tried to keep it away but lately the thrush keeps coming back today the dr has given me a weeks worth of tablets and a cream which is stronger than normal but why am i still burning now it hurts and its destroying my life help

Posted by Anonymous on 18/03/2013 at 03:33

Hi, I ended my period on the 11/12 march and then I decided to start the pessary ytd, which is 17 march, then the next day i started to get pinkish discharge and then there is a little reddish blood coming. After I reach home at night, my pantyliner was stained with blood just like how menses blood are like. What could be the cause? Am I just having period again or its the pessary causing it? Thanks!

Posted by Sheena on 14/03/2013 at 07:19

Hey can U help me Im suffering from bad yeast and it smells so bad everytime i have. a shower and all fresh for my day ahead it begins to smell i always wear a liner all the time its so embarrasing, Ive used Canensten creme but it didnt work. I've seen my GP and got tested and it was positive i had Candida what can i do

Posted by Pie babe on 28/02/2013 at 09:40

Plz hlp,i like having sex but nowadays i dnt enjoy it anymore because i think i have genitall infection,i am not sure what it is but it is itchy,i also have a thick white discharge that is not smelly,usually that liver-like thing(do not know its name) between my lips it itches and becomes red and swells,please help if you can and also recommend treatment because it hurts when i ace sex,it's like the skin breaks.

Posted by Optional on 21/02/2013 at 09:40

hi i started experiencing thrash when i was jst 15 yrs old and i was stil a virgin,i went to the doctor he gave me viginal cream,and after a month or two the thrush will reoccur again.went to the clinic they gave me pills and nothing seems to work.please help a sister out.

Posted by Optional on 08/02/2013 at 04:21

I just started my period but earlier on in the day I put a pessary in my vagina and now I don't know what to do is it safe to keep it in there or should I take it out???

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2013 at 02:26

I just want to comment, that I've been having chronic thrush (diagnosed), for over 6 months now, and the symptoms are unusual, and have my nurses and doctors perplexed, I've been tested for everything else, I'm not sexually active, I do all the right things and to look after health and my genital area. I do not have HIV, AIDs, or diabetes, but I do have Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalitis, Endometriosis, IBS, Asthma, among other things. I also have yeast overgrowth on my scalp and in my mouth, although these problems have been going on longer. I'm not sexually active, and haven't been in a decade or so. I've had chronic illness all my life, but never chronic thrush, not like this. The only time I got thrush was taking antibiotics, and it was classic symptoms. This time it is chronic, the cream insertion methods seem to alleviate the symptoms but it keeps coming back, always about 10 days after my period ends. There is never itching, swelling or redness externally, but burning internally, and some bleeding. It starts with excessive watery discharge, which gets thicker over the days, and turns yellow, within about a week, I also develop a super thick green clumpy discharge along with the watery yellow stuff which causes stinging and bleeding. It's been confirmed as only thrush. The first time I got it, it went on for a couple of months, getting worse, 3 day and 6 days treatment seem to rid me of symptoms after 3 days, but they can sting and cause more bleeding. But the thrush symptoms keep coming back the same. So now I am to take ozole, and anti-fungal antibiotic for three months, the doc says possible for a year. I am about to start taking it because the symptoms of thrush, burning and excessive watery discharge turning yellow is back. I'm sharing this, because nowhere else could I find anyone with these symptoms of thrush, and so if anyone else as these symptoms please let me know if they found the reason, and the most effective treatment - natural preferred.

Posted by lizabetta on 03/01/2013 at 09:30

i have a burning sensation when i pee, and my vagina lips are swollen. i am discharging alot, it itches sometimes. i am a virgin and have not do anything sexual with a guy or a girl. should i be worried? they are by my vagina hole and they Hurt, please help!

Posted by Optional on 03/01/2013 at 11:29

I've had thrush once before now and was in so much pain, but this time i have been doing some reading around. Now everytime i go to the toilet i wipe down there with half lemon juice half water, it doesnt seem to sting but relieves the ridiculous itch. i have only applied it twice and seem to be not as itchy. I have had thrush before so know my symptoms, i went to the doctors last time after the canistan cream didnt work and they gave me Trimovate Cream which worked after a few days. Hope this helps :)

Posted by pt on 27/12/2012 at 10:57

I had an infection a month ago,me n my patner both got treatmnt.nw I've got a rush n a bit of discharge,its not burning and da discharge doesn't smell dat bad.should I b worried? I used nystacid ointment n I washd with detol aswel

Posted by Bonisiwe on 05/12/2012 at 09:02

I recommend collidial silver and bio-sil products

Posted by Optional on 16/11/2012 at 11:51

"why do i keep getting thrush also it smells likke fish do i have an infection im very concious" It could very well be BV, BV stands for Bacterial Vaginosis and causes a very unpleasant (often fishy) smell from the vagina, it doesn't usually come with any itching or soreness and can be treated with anti biotics. If it were thrush you'd probably notice a thick or watery discharge, with extreme discomfort and itching, I've had 3 bouts of thrush within the past year and a half, I also had BV a few years ago, I currently have thrush and it's driving me crazy with itching!

Posted by Optional on 12/11/2012 at 11:02

Hi I am scared to talk to my parents and I don't want to tell anyone but I have had a itchy burning sensation all over the back of my vagina closer to the anal hole I get these dry almost flakey spots inthe back by where I poop and they bleed when I itch I want to get help with out my parents knowing it scary I'm not that close with any family so can you give me any answers?

Posted by Optional on 22/10/2012 at 02:30

why do i keep getting thrush also it smells likke fish do i have an infection im very concious

Posted by Optional on 29/09/2012 at 02:44

Hi I have the problem of my vagina itching and it started like now as I'm posting.I'm on my periods for the second time this month and the last time I had sex was two weeks back,does mean I'm preg??? Or I have trush??? Help plz!!!

Posted by Optional on 26/09/2012 at 05:12

Im an extremely sexually active person but with the same partner and we never had any issues in the bedroom until recently. My labias and clitoris are swollen and feel tender, it bothers me even to sit, having sex isnt as good as it usually is but it just isnt as moist as it usually is, feels tight and a bit bothersome.. There is no discharge, no foul oder, just red swollen and irritated labia and clitoris.. not sure if it sounds like thrush, is it possible?

Posted by Optional on 07/09/2012 at 09:56

hi my daughter has had whitish discharge and fell relay uncomfortable seeing the stuff on here underwear when she gos to the toilet for 3yrs now and she also had said that sex is uncomfortable and her bf dumpt her because of this and she is enbarest to be with anyone aging and the GP kept giving her canastan for it and shes told her that the Creams and pessaries don't work and the only time the whitish discharge gos a way when shes having her period and on one time when she got an throat infection and the Doctor gave her antibiotics for that the whitish discharge disaperd for the week she was on the antibiotics for the throat infection and the whitish discharge started aging and she doesn't kno what to do

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2012 at 06:23

recently had thrush for the first time. visited doc who confirmed it and after discussing the causes the GP suggested it might have been caused by swimming, as id been on hol a few days earlier and been in the pool lots. Goin on holiday again soon and want to find out if swimming can cause thrush and if so, what can i do to try to avoid it. all advice welcome. thanks.

Posted by Optional on 31/08/2012 at 01:13

I went for a smear test today, and the doc said to me that i had a bit swelling inside, and white spots. she called it a name. she went on to say its ok, but had noone told me before i had it. which they hadnt, now im a bit worried.

Posted by Optional on 22/08/2012 at 12:31

Guess what! I had thrush and instead of taking the treatments available I simply spread a good quality honey on the itching area and used it like a cream. All the symptoms are gone and it has completely healed up without any other medication. I have since heard that others have had the same experience and have read that manuka honey is especially good and, of course, completely natural.

Posted by Ann on 15/08/2012 at 08:46

The doctor prescribe fluconal and vaginal cream after making me go to the lab for a stop for a while after taking the drug and has started coming back,the doctor also said it has reach the spot.pls what should i do i fell very uncomfortable.

Posted by Jenna on 18/07/2012 at 01:46

Hi I've been docs and they said i have thrush, they gave me an oral canaston tablet and some canaston cream, but the itching hasn't gone, how long will i itch for?

Posted by Optional on 12/07/2012 at 03:38

seems to know more than most sites, this lady. I worry, going through the blogs etc that there is enough research being done in this area. It really has potency to destroy marriages etc. I still dont know what s wrong with me, but similar to all other searching women.... started making me feel down since about 6 months... is it thrush? is it bv? why do all tests show nothing, i am sick and tired of not enjoying sex, and i dont even have the bad odor problem (!) just itch, sore red patch in same spot, or papercut, and slightly painful sex...,,,

Posted by Optional on 07/06/2012 at 09:41

I had thrush and used Canesten Combi where you use a syringe to put cream up into your vagina. However I had sex about 15 hours later, will this effect my treatment as It's been nearly a week and my thrush has not improved and I keep getting watery slightly yellowish discharge...

Posted by Optional on 17/05/2012 at 09:03

Ive had thrush now for 4 weeks having tried canesten duo, and cream along with the pessaries it has now almost cleared ...I think maybe 1 more lot of pessaries and it will all be gone. Not a day too soon either.... Ive found that a coolish bath with some Carex in helped but make sure you dry yourself very carefully it does help the stinking you can sometimes get.

Posted by Optional on 15/05/2012 at 03:25

im having this problem and i am going to try the tea tree oil and tampon method but i was just wondering how long or how many days should i do it for?

Posted by Optional on 10/05/2012 at 04:35

i dont want to tell anyone i know because its just embarassing but... my 'vulva' is swollen red and it itches plus my 'discharge' smells like a strong chemical such as alcohol.ive looked some stuff up on the internet and im not quite sure what it is as every website i go on says something ddifferent. if anyone could help i would appretiate it.

Posted by Kat on 14/04/2012 at 10:39

I have been suffering from vaginal thrush for so many years and can not get rid of it. I also tend to get it in my mouth from time to time too. I have had medication from the doctor’s and I have also brought the several different ones from over the counter treatments, but have had no success. It either went away for a little time and came back or had no effect at all. So I had myself checked out at the GUM clinic to see if I had any STD’s. It all came back clear, but yet I still could not get rid of the thrush, so in the end I gave up trying, because I was too embarrassed to go back to the doctors…..and thought id done all I could to solve the problem. I should state, I have not been in a relationship for nearly 7 years, I do not have a sexual partner and I am not on the pill or anything like that. I do have a sweet tooth (chocolate mainly :D)but I do not eat a lot of bread, I do not have sugar in my coffee or on anything etc, and its very rare that I drink alcohol. But recently I have been feeling extremely ill. At first I just generally felt run down and tired, but it was then followed by several other worrying symptoms. I started to get body blister rashes all over and my face came out in acne that has now marked my face (I have never had acne, not even as a teenager). I then began experiencing night sweats and hot flushes and sweats during the day, which would make my tea shirt completely wet. I was starting to feel more and more lethargic and I had no energy at all. That’s when I started to come out in strange lumps all over my body and began to feel really light headed, dizzy and sometimes feel that I was going to pass out. I have always been an active person, but now I couldn’t. I would do my first morning work shift, come home sleep, then get up for my afternoon shift, come home cook tea and go back to bed. I knew this was not right and by this time I had lost weight and was now 7 and a half stone (I had lost approx 1 stone). My appearance was terrible, my face was stone grey with dark black circles around my eyes, some people started to claim that I was on drugs, which hurt my feelings very much. I was also getting server stomach cramps and had diarrhoea all the time, and my piles where extremely swollen and painful. I also had thrush. I decided to go to the doctor, but she really wasn’t very helpful. From the period of November through to February the following year, I was constantly at the doctors but the problem still hadn’t been solved. She told me the lumps on my body and head where swollen lymph nodes. (I still have one under my armpit and one on my arm that just will not go away) My bloody pressure was low and she claimed that was the reason why I was experiencing light headedness and dizziness. I was apparently slightly anaemic, but when I had my first blood test done she said it was fine but then told me differently on another visit to her, before she suggested doing some more blood tests. (Also some years ago I was asked to stop trying to give blood, because my iron levels are just too lowl). The only thing I am aware of is that they found slightly high white blood count cells, but everything else was ok. Her attitude was that I had a viral infection, so she would not give me any antibiotics; no iron supplements and she claimed the swollen lymph nodes where nothing to worries about. One day I was feeling extremely unwell and made an emergency appointment to see her. I broke down in her offices crying and pleading with her to help me as I could no longer cope with feeling like this anymore. She experienced first hand one of my hot flushes and just how bad the sweat’s just come on. My tea shirt was wet through with sweat, I had sweat pouring down my brow, and all she said to me was “Oh, that’s not normal”. She stated to me that she didn’t know how to treat me or what she could do help, but advised me to drink lots of fluids and eat plenty of fruit and veg. As you can imagine I was very up set and my family where begging me to go for a second opinion, but I never did, as she made me feel stupid and thought if she wouldn’t take me seriously, then no one else would. However in an effort to feel better, I turned to Chinese Medicine (He Shou Wu, Foti Root), and drinking lots of nettle and sweet funnel tea to cleanse my blood of toxins and boost my immune system. I was also taking berrocca for some extra energy. This method has been a life saver and within a few weeks I was getting some energy back, my vaginal discharge was Lessening and I was starting to feel better. My acne was clearing up and my rash was disappearing. I then did some research about thrush on the internet and how to treat it naturally, as I still had some thrush in my vaginal and mouth. I was astonished in what I found and how many people suffer with it and how they had similar problems to me. I now personally believe I had a very bad case of overgrown yeast in my body, but I have not had this confirmed by any medical professionals, but I think my own body has been trying to tell me this for a long time. I’ve only been on my home treatment for five days, but already I have noticed a major difference. Every morning I take a supplement of Yakult to help encourage the friendly bacteria in my stomach. Drink nettle and sweet funnel tea to help cleanse and remove toxins from my blood. He Shou Wu, in a tea form. To cleanse and remove toxins from my blood, help my immune system and provide me with iron, plus help with the vaginal discharge. Also a whole white garlic, split into 3 dozes, morning, lunch and evening. For its antibiotic and antifungal properties and boost my immune system. Berocca, for it’s a multivitamins and energy. BUT OBVIOUSLY NOT ALL AT ONCE !!!! (I was using a whole white, “Raw” Garlic a day and had only planned to do this for one week, before cutting it down to 2 or 3 cloves a day. However after the 3rd day I began to smell very bad, as you can imagine and my poor work colleges, although very understanding have been finding it hard to tolerate, also my son has disowned me. So I changed it to using a whole black garlic. Which has a lot less odour and is apparently twice as potent as its cousin, the white garlic (unsure of this though). Also I am cutting a large white clove in half with some small slits in, then with some needle and thread sewing it back together and leaving some length so that when I inserted into the vagina, it is easy to remove. I put this in at night and remove it in the morning. This has helped my vaginal thrush a lot, I’m no longer getting discharge in my underwear, although I still have evidence of thrush when I insert and remove the garlic. But it certainly seems to be working and that’s in less then a week’s treatment. From what I have read on the internet, I have a long road to recovery and I will need to do this for sometime to clear myself of thrush completely. But for the first time I hopeful and I feel it’s worth the extra effort.

Posted by Optional on 13/04/2012 at 12:15

I have this thick white discharge with small yellow particles and an itchy vagina(labia)...what is it n its cause?

Posted by Sandra on 12/04/2012 at 08:00

I did a swab test recently. Drugs were prescribed which i took judiciously. Now there is a recurrence. What do i do?

Posted by Jody on 29/03/2012 at 02:18

I have thrush it's drivin me mental so itchy and very sore ,used a pessaery 24 hours ago still no better juz tuk oral tab n bought cream when will this go away please help!!!

Posted by Optional on 28/03/2012 at 08:56

I have been getting thrush frequently for the last couple of years following a massive bout after a visit to a swimming baths. I mainly get it after sex but have found that total relaxation and lots of foreplay and lube ('Yes' is a good one) help. Also acupuncture had a big positive impact but you need to go regularly and this can be expensive. I spent months visiting a gynecologist in the beginning and he was 100% useless. I have spent a couple of years finding out what helps and what hinders and living accordingly, tho sometimes I still get it. TRY TO LOWER YOUR STRESS LEVELS ALSO, AS THIS LOWERS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM - I CHANGED MY JOB TO A FAR LESS STRESSFUL ONE AND THIS HELPED. Best of luck, ladies!

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2012 at 02:10

i have been suffering thrush for at least 18months it was only found when i went in 4 a smear test,it itches around the anul area at night and in the day around the vulva.Is what id like to know can it cause slight bleeding when having intercourse?

Posted by Sara on 25/01/2012 at 11:24

Hi, my symptoms are the same as the comment below, I too had a baby 6 months ago and for the last 3 months I have been getting thrush after my period, I've had thrush before but this time the discharge is watery and the itch not that intense. It's still very uncomfortable, it's almost like my tampons are irritating me. I've used creams for these bouts but I'm thinking that I might have to take a trip to my gp as I don't think that it's normal to get thrush symptoms every period. Has anyone else had this after child birth???

Posted by Optional on 06/01/2012 at 04:24

since falling preg wiv my son in 2009 I have had thrush 50 time been doc same amout of time iv tryed everything n it is stl not going help plz iv ran out of options n can not go bk to my doc as i have had treatment to many time plus they r useless n keep telling me to go gum clinic been there 2guess what thrush again dnt know what eles to do I'm in so nuch pain :(

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2012 at 01:50

I had sex with my boyfriend on thursday/friday and yes I got some friction but thought nothing of it, then went out drinking on the saturday night and came home the sunday morning with thrush. I am not sure but the sex might have played a part, Im going to use lube as well as a condom next time but condoms we use anyway. I have taken an oral tablet and started to use the cream but I am in so much pain! It's mainly inside the vagina that is itchy and painful, is that wierd?

Posted by HERE2HELP on 29/12/2011 at 09:00

I battled with recurrent thrush for a year and was prescribed over the counter medicine which never worked. I was swabbed but the Doctors couldn't report anything. With luck my normal doctor was sick and her replacement prescribed me Nystatin Oral which is an anti-fungal drug, and you take 4 tablets a day over a period of 7 days. I have not had an attack in 3 or 4 months which is amazing considering I got an attack nearly every 2 weeks. I have a gut feeling that the over counter medicines just cause another strain to develop which becomes resistant to the over counter medicine. Next time, DEMAND that another treatment should be available to you. Other tips I would include would be to wash your bits and buttocks everyday and keep the areas dry especially after sex. I also take Vitamins and supplements to make sure my body has the right tools to cope with itself, this will lessen the likelihood of another infection. Hope this helps, and remember, NO MORE OVER COUNTER MEDICINES.

Posted by poorly on 24/12/2011 at 02:27

I have thrush and got cream n pessary used it but my vagina was burning in d morning and found so much blood in the loo. I thought I might be on my period but I should start period in 2weeks

Posted by mum to be on 23/12/2011 at 12:34

Im neally 36 weeks pregnant and suddenly got thrush and im really swollen and itchy, and other stuff. Im swetting aloy down below scince ive had thrush. I have to cool myself down by havin showerz. Im imbarrassed to go to my doctor. Ive never had thrush befor:( im really swollen!!! Itchy and never been so swety down there. Us ladies have to go threw so much. Lol

Posted by Optional on 19/12/2011 at 05:22

I am a sexually active 17 year old girl. I have had unprotected sex in the past, but since then I've been tested for chlamydia, thrush, HIV and gonnorhea, and that was a year ago. I suffer from almost relentless attacks of mouth ulcers (not coldsores) and I get the worst of them the week before, and during my period. This often coincides with a week of unbearably itchy genitals, i end up with small blisters on my inner labia from scratching so hard. I've had the genital itching around a year and a half, it pretty much only presents symptoms around my period. I have only been getting the ulcers since september, but they've gone from a once-monthly problem to a horrible and humiliating condition where I end up with 30 swollen ulcers all over my mouth and tongue which makes it difficult to eat and speak coherently. This weird ailment from which I can't find any respite is actually taking over my life. My nurse says there's nothing she can do for me. If anyone recognises these symptoms PLEASE let me know in a comment or something <3

Posted by Optional on 08/12/2011 at 06:55

Candida sufferer for about 10 years because of the nasty antibiotics I took years ago for acne. And I have just discovered through research that lowering your PH helps a lot. More alkaline and less acidic (which candida thrives in) is a good environement inside your body. Fungi, microbes, etc. dont live well in it. I bought a brand called "erbasit" It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, silicon, iron and manganese. Honestly in one day I felt different. I would also make sure your thyroids are working well. Not hyper or hypo. Candida can affect the thyroid and vice versa.

Posted by Optional on 07/12/2011 at 10:08

Can one use a herbl anti bacteria 2 relive her self from thrush?

Posted by Optional on 19/11/2011 at 07:56

Very good site! Detailed, informative, practical advice and doesn't use too much jargon! Wonderful clarity in the articles.

Posted by Mablah on 10/11/2011 at 03:04

Do i use nystatin during my periods

Posted by embarrassed2talk on 07/11/2011 at 02:24

I think i have thrush but i am to embarrassed to go to the doctor. My vagina area is always itchy and i don't think it looks right because it has two red bits hanging down on either side. What should i do?

Posted by Optional on 27/10/2011 at 12:42

Its heading to my eighth month of pregnancy. Several weeks ago, i had this yeast infection. It cooled down after undergoing treatment with chlotrimazole pasaries. Several days ago, i started feeling itchy around my vulva especially near the clitoris and the clitoris itself. It seems like the infection is coming back. I decided to use home remedies before it gets worst. I squeezed some aloe vera gel and applied it on my vulva. The itchyness sure did stop but not permanently. It keeps on coming back. I am now inserting garlic cloves in my vagina. I started with crashing garlic and applying the juice on my vulva. Oh! the reaction is too painful so i stopped to apply the juice. Am now gonna stick to inserting garlic cloves in my vagina and applying aloe vera gel on my vulva. I hope this works permanently. Could anyone recomend this? I think it could work.

Posted by Optional on 24/10/2011 at 11:37

I'm not sure if I have thrush for definite, but I feel itchy most of the time (for over a year now) especially before my period is due. I always notice discharge which is either white or clear and even after wiping/washing it when I check I have more. I am terrified to go to the doctors. I constantly itch and it gets very sore and red and stings so bad when I pee. Please help, I don't know what to do.

Posted by Nana on 10/10/2011 at 02:00

Thank you 4 the information,im not sure if i have thrush bt but it close inuf,il go to the clinic 4 a test.

Posted by Optional on 02/10/2011 at 07:06

I am 7 months pregnant. My virgina was itchy, dry, swollen and red. My doctor prescribed that i use chlotrimazole pasaries for inserting in the virgina. Iv used the pills twice now as am supposed to take them for six days. The itchyness and soreness have quite reduced now. I wonder if the pill i inserted before going to sleep will be any effective as it dropped in the toilet today morning. Had it completed its work already?

Posted by Eve on 26/09/2011 at 12:23

Ladies I suffer recurrent Thrush..Only way to keep it at bay is to have Probiotics and crannberries vitamins every day....Only when I forget to take my probiotics and am on antibiotics do i get them. I really does work..Also another thing that helped was using a douche after intercourse, if you are not trying to fall pregnant...Keeps everything cleans and does leave the vagina wet for hours....which is where the thrush survives..

Posted by Optional on 17/09/2011 at 11:06

i think my type one diabetes may be the cause of my reacurring trush, so i think sugarin the blood may be an issue.

Posted by Zain on 11/09/2011 at 06:20

Am still struggling to tackle it.It has even affected my perfomance at vagina is on fire.lips burn

Posted by Jackie on 15/08/2011 at 05:47

I have all the symptoms 100%...I'm suffering right now after taken a pessary 2 days ago, using cream to try to relive the itch, have to get an other treatment as I can not stand this any more... I get thrush too often this time was just before my period stopped.... I suffer terribly from urine infections always after intercourse, so that has stopped (last time I made love to my man) was nearly 2 months ago, so unfair....I've had a specialist look at all the possible reasons of my bladder infections but just a small spot was found on my bladder and the doctor prescribed me with a mild course of antibiotic to try to fix the problem...Yes antibiotic can trigger my thrush but not this time, I have not been on antibiotics for months now....

Posted by Optional on 09/08/2011 at 09:40

I dont know if I have it or not. I have some of the symptoms, but not all. I guess I am going to have to go to the gyno. My symptoms are excessive amounts of discharge, itchy ness, it hurts like hell to have sex, slight odor, it is like the bahamas down ther (meaning it is hot) discomfort, amd that is all I can think of right now. I know I dont have a yeast infection. my vagina has been giving me multiple problems. In october of 2010 my period started screwing up, then in march of 2011 I found out I have a huge ovarian cyst. Ever since then I have had these problems. Does anyone have suggestions on what might be the problem?... Sorry for all the detail. I just want it to stop.

Posted by K8 on 02/08/2011 at 10:09

I don't know if this is what I have, but for the past 2-3 years, everytime my partner and I have intercourse it feels like it is ripping like 2-3 inches inside of me. I usually have to stop because it hurts so bad and it is ruining our sex life. It does not hurt when I use a tampon though. I don't have much discharge or itching so I don't know what the heck is going on. I just want to know if anyone else has ever had an issue like this.

Posted by Optional on 18/07/2011 at 05:32

Iz - go to your doctor! No one should ask you if you are having sex as it doesn't seem that sex causes thrush anyway and if they do just tell them the truth, there is no shame to be a virgin, especially if you are only 16! Your doctor should be able to give you something that will clear it up.

Posted by iz on 11/07/2011 at 01:33

I'm a 16 year old girl, still not sexually active but I have thrush and I've been getting it now for a whole year nearlly two, I really don't know what to do seing as I haven't told anyone because I am too embarrased to even think what they would start to say...I'm still a virgen I know this is irrelavant but I am at a age where I do want to lose it but how can is with thrush in my nickers and vagina? I don't even feel it coming out until I have moved and the nickers have rubbed agaisnt me... Its really disgusting! I wash everyday.. Haven't been to a doctors or gynacologist (I spelt it wrong) because I am shy and I don't want to tell my parents also I am scared with what the doctor will me :(?

Posted by Optional on 06/07/2011 at 11:01

im always getting thrush and sometimes i get up and it feels like im wet a watery discharge is constantly appearing and sometimes i smell ive used tablets creams everything and it just keeps occuring help me

Posted by dorah mafa on 23/06/2011 at 02:13

thax i really reccomend u doctor's u rock.

Posted by Olivia on 21/06/2011 at 03:46

Hi i have b.v trush these last 3 years and its not nice its itchy and very bad smell i have went to my doctors but it seems noting is working it is really affecting my life.

Posted by Optional on 21/06/2011 at 12:30

I thnk God dat i hv find the solution to my problem

Posted by mrs t on 20/06/2011 at 03:06

Please could you help me whilst on holiday started experiencing the usual signs of thrush , itching etc. I always seem to get it on holidays so take the oral tablet with me as a precaution, on this particular occasion it was particularly bad so took a second tablet as directed 7 days later. I have a marina coil fitted and wondered if the tablet causes any failing of coil with regard to pregnancy as i have been experiencing pregnancy symtoms , sickness etc thanks

Posted by menopause woman on 19/06/2011 at 10:37

I was born with thrush in my mouth and have suffered with it on and off for years. It has got noticeably worse since I started the menopause and I spend a small fortune on canesten products. I use the cream, pessary and oral tablet but it comes back every time. I have been to my gp but he just prescribes the same old thing. After reading all the comments on this site it made me feel a bit better as I now realise I am not the only one suffering! I'm going to try cutting down on bread and taking acidopholus and see if I can buy some fluconazole which someone recommended on this site. It is driving me mad too!

Posted by 18 and scared on 08/06/2011 at 05:55

I am 18 and have only been to the doctor for stuff like this once. I feel like it's ackward having someone down in your personal zone. This website and this topic have helped me alot. And I was so terrified I had something worse. So thanks for all thehelp.

Posted by Optional on 26/05/2011 at 07:13

hi, for the pastr 2 months i have been getting what i think is thrush..i dont know if i have extra discharge as it always comes the day after i get my period and for that reason i cant use tampons which makes it feel a lot worse specially at night..i use the cream to ease the itching, also..a few days after the thrush i get these white spots under my tongue..could that be thrush aswell is it possible to get it in 2 places at the same tongue gets very painful to the point wer i cant eat solid food coz i cnt really move my tongue without being in paid..its horrible..i dont know what to do.

Posted by Optional on 26/05/2011 at 11:59

home remedy, tried and worked perfectly

Posted by Optional on 21/05/2011 at 09:52

I am 11 and i always itch, is this normal?

Posted by Sarah T on 15/04/2011 at 07:46

I had thrush at Christmas after taking antibiotics for tonsillitis so the doctor gave me Fluconazole (2 tablets) and it got rid of it. But since then I seem to have a cut between the my vagina and anus, sometimes it leaves bloody dots on tissue paper. I went to the doctor who said it was just a cut probably from shaving etc but I have been suffering for about 3 months now, and when i look at it with a mirror i'm sure it's more than one. The doctor gave me some tiny sterile plasters which helped sometimes but it keeps coming back. I have given up shaving, sex and have been using talc to keep it dry but they all seem to be temporary solutions! When I go for a number 2 it makes it worse, it's like the piece of skin is swollen and hard yet for some reason it eases and sometimes disappears when I'm on my period! It can't just be a cut something must be causing it cause i had another one between my bum crack(!) further round! They are like paper cuts and they are killing me! It's affecting mine and my boyfriends sex life cause it's hurting me so much to have sex! Please help!

Posted by Kirsty on 08/04/2011 at 09:45

Hi sorry ano this isnt a very nice subject, but i have thrush and its sooo soo sore and itchy and ive ran out of the creeam the doctor gave me, what else could i use for it! i need to get rid of it its freekin agony!! xx

Posted by bettyboop123 on 06/04/2011 at 12:08

i have thrush and its so uncomfortable , help me please, i have been to the doctors they have given me this cream, but it seems to be getting worse !!

Posted by Optional on 05/04/2011 at 12:03

I have been struggling with thrush for around a week now and it's incredibly painful and itchy. I tried to buy Canesten today and was told that I need a doctor's diagnosis first. Is this usual? I've had it before so know the symptoms. I'm now going to have to wait around a week for a doctor's appointment. I'm going mad!

Posted by Optional on 03/04/2011 at 07:42

i have a white hole in my tongue, i have no tongue piercings. what is it?

Posted by Optional on 02/04/2011 at 07:34

Is it normal for a 13 year old girl to get Thrush ?

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2011 at 11:21

hi .. Can i use canesten thrush treatment and have sex ???

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2011 at 10:28

if i have thrush can i still trying for a baby?

Posted by Optional on 17/03/2011 at 12:49

As I'm only 14, I'm still coming to terms with growing up and things like that. I used this article to learn what the symptoms actually were and the information here was very useful. Thanks for the help.

Posted by Optional on 07/03/2011 at 03:31

After years of miserable re-occuring thrush and my GP prescribing medication to treat it I decided last year to try an alternative medicine approach and with help from a local herbalist I cut out sugar & yeast and have been thrush free for nearly a year.

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2011 at 10:51

i was just wondering if i can use the canesten (500mg pessary) while on family planning(coil), i bought it from the chemist coz i felt shy seeing the doctor after suffering on many occasions from ichy down below.

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2011 at 08:20

Posted by Optional on 09/10/2010 - I have exactly the same symptoms.. What was it?? I also often suffer with thrush but now have pink discharge straight after my period stopped. My period was quite dry and clumpy (not white thrush-type clumps, but pink and clear clumps)- I still keep getting light cramps and feeling bloated. I do have IBS, but don't get period-like cramps or pink discharge normally..

Posted by Aly on 22/02/2011 at 01:15

I have tried every medication prescribed by doctors but no difference

Posted by vixgra on 10/02/2011 at 12:15

Milkshake.......i had the same thing when i first lost my virginity and it's called BV (bacterial vaginosis)...its kinda like thrush but a different sometimes goes away on its own but if u cant face ur doctor they sell the treatment in larger boots stores or big careful though because if u had unprotected sex BV can often be a symptom of Clamydia (which can be treated with a course of antibiotics) so it's important to get a sexual health check just in case

Posted by Optional on 02/02/2011 at 12:52

I get a large amount of pubic hair around my vagina, and thrush seems more common and comes back more often when I don't get the hair removed. Could waxing the area help the vagina to breath better and not be as hot?

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2011 at 07:27

Another reason not listed for thrush returning is that the medications you are given destroy both the bad AND good bacteria, leaving you vulnerable for the infection to just come back.

Posted by Grace on 17/01/2011 at 11:16

wow! you are the answer to my health problems

Posted by thrushcausingmajorpelvisinfection&abnormalbleeding; on 15/01/2011 at 07:04

ok so i went to hospital twice in one week and the first time they prescribed the wrong medication. they thought i had a bacterial infection when it was a fungal infection. the second time i was in hospital the infetion caused everything in my pelvis to swell up. i had an ultrasound and so many speculums put inside me (either at hospital or by my GP). finally they gave me the right medication and i thought it healed up. ive been waiting for 3months to see a gynie to see if any damage was done and now ive ended up bleeding and having the same cramps again! i went to hospital this week and they did the same tests but they still cant give me any answers! ive been bleeding and cramping for 7 days now!!!!

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2011 at 12:16

After one year of irritation finally developed a very bad case of infection and was prescribed nizoral tablets. After seven days of treatment the infection persists. Can the infection be immune to the treatment?

Posted by Optional on 11/01/2011 at 03:14

Optional on 01/01/2011 at 12:16:12 pm - have you had it confirmed by a doctor? because the pessary and creams might not be working because its something else so you might want to get it checked just in case. I do suffer from recurrent thrush but as soon as I use the pessary and cream it goes away for roughly a couple of months before returning. It probably affects people differently time-wise but if I were you I'd get checked just in case. :)

Posted by Bet on 09/01/2011 at 03:15

I think i have thrush for the first time, I have bought a cream for it today and dont know whether to see a doctor first or not as i am embarassed. Should i use the cream?

Posted by Optional on 06/01/2011 at 09:56

does thrush symptoms include rashes?

Posted by Optional on 05/01/2011 at 10:50

what happens if you swollow a pessary?

Posted by Lily on 02/01/2011 at 10:47

I was born with candida(my mum had it) and after an infection and long course of anti biotics as a young child it flared. Nothing worked until I found a wonderful intelligent doctor who steered me onto a sugar, gluten and yeast free diet. It took a year to eliminate all symptoms but I was determind to clear my body. I gave up drinking socially and made huge lifestyle changes and have being thrush/candida free for three years now. Why you would say not to bother changing a diet is beyond me. We are what we eat. Eliminating products that feed candida is plain common sense. No wonder candida returns, it's thriving in an environment where it's fed what it needs! I don't know of any official "scientific" proof, but everyday that I get up full of energy and kicking ass in my lectures at uni without the awful symptoms and execma all over my body is proof that eliminating sugar, yeast, gluten and alcohol is crucial for a recovery. Thank god for enlightened doctors like mine who are genuinely interested in providing a solution to problems, rather then throwing creams at symptoms and giving long term options to deal with it for the rest of your life.

Posted by Optional on 01/01/2011 at 12:16

I am going on holiday in 2 days and the thrush which i thought i had tackled has just come back! This is an absolute nightmare. I have been suffering from recurrent thrush now for about 5 weeks and its just not going away. I've taken an oral tablet and 2 pessaries over the past 3 weeks and have been using the canesten cream 3 to 4 times a day and it just doesn't go. I have also tried live yoghurt which only seemed to worsen the condition over night and have also tried tea tree oil in my baths which i must say soothes it but only for upto a few hours after and then the irritation returns. I'm annoyed because it is ruining my sex life at the moment, i'm not wanting to have sex incase it irritates it even more or i give it to him. I guess i'm just going to have to wait it out. Hopefully it clears soon. I've just recently come off the contraceptive patch i thought that was initially causing the thrush. Now that i am using condoms as my main method of contraception i'm also scared that if i'm applying the cream 3 to 4 times a day this will damage them?

Posted by Optional on 21/12/2010 at 08:21

i have thrush, how long will it last?

Posted by Optional on 19/12/2010 at 03:05

I can't believe you wrote that diets do not prevent or help thrush! I suffered for years trying drugs and creams and natural remedies. I then did a 6 month sugar free diet and it worked!

Posted by Optional on 16/12/2010 at 11:09

I took the tablet 3 days ago, and have been using cream also for 4 days..... Still no improvement, so just found on another website to out 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of salt in the bath..... Anything for relief, if no better tomorrow am going to the drs! Can't handle this anymore - I'm a nurse and I know about the creams and tablet etc... Just crazy usually the tablet works within 1 day - but not this time :(

Posted by milkshake on 12/11/2010 at 05:17

I lost my virginity like two days after my period was getting lighter and while have sex there was this horrible odor as if i just started my period and now i have a light pink discharge that smells like grapefruit and metal mixed toghter and now it wont go away idk what to do and i cant tell my parents i lost my virginity can anyone help?

Posted by Optional on 04/11/2010 at 03:34

i have thrush and my period is it best to use tampons or pads??

Posted by Leah on 27/10/2010 at 10:16

i have sore on my vagina and white discharge. I have been given nystacid ointment and amoxycillin trihydrate but it just keeps re-occuring. My patner has not been treated, pls help

Posted by Optional on 09/10/2010 at 01:20

I normally suffer with thrush but wondered if you get a pink discharge with bad infections. I have irritation in the vagina area and have been getting a pink discharge too. I've been stressed lately and had a tiny bit of spotting half way through my cycle and a niggling pain in my pelvic/ groin area. I've been feeling very gassy & bloated , went to see the doctor and she said it's IBS. Just concerned what it might be??? I have had no pain during sexual intercourse and it is the first time this has happened. Any advise would be appreciated.

Posted by Joni on 04/10/2010 at 12:47

i have two children and with each pregnancy i have had thrush once but never when i wasnt pregnant... on 28th july of this year i went and had the depo birth control shot, since having the shot my period has not stopped, it is not heavy mainly spotting and some days a bit more but also i have had thrush twice.. could it be because im always spotting (bleeding)? or could it just be from the depo itself????

Posted by Mary J on 30/09/2010 at 09:47

I have had what my doctor has said is thrush for 18 months, my eyelids swelled up after taking flucanozole, so Doc said I was allergic do not take any more. Tried wheat free diet for 1 month - no help. My doctor then advised using pessaries for 6 months which gives the unpleasant side effects of more uncomfortable discharge and having already taken them for 1 month they did not seem effective. Help! any suggestions. I am feeling like changing my doctor who does not seem to have any idea on this.

Posted by Optional on 28/09/2010 at 11:37

can thrush prevent the contraceptive pill from working?

Posted by Sore on 27/09/2010 at 07:38

I had bad thrush (was confirmed by test) - very sore and had trouble sitting or walking. Three weeks later I am still very uncomfortable - having trouble sitting for work and generally sore although not as bad as before treatment. How long can this last and what should I do?

Posted by kiki on 08/09/2010 at 03:20

this information was very helpful, am now using the cream, and is going very well.

Posted by Optional on 01/09/2010 at 05:20

i went to the doctors and they give me the cream and a tablet but my thrush keeps coming back.

Posted by Nyari on 12/08/2010 at 05:18

The article covers most things and is very informative but what i want to know is 1.whether oral sex can also be attributed to recurances. 2.I am pregnant with my second child but the thrush started when i stopped taking birth control pills.I have been having thrush recurances and want to know if these to incidences can be connected to this problem.

Posted by Optional on 09/08/2010 at 06:54

can thrush treatments affect the contraceptive pill?

Posted by Sam on 29/07/2010 at 12:25

I was told i have Thrush down there, and was given the clotrimazole 1% cream. However me being a hypocondriac (misspelt, i think?) read the side effects and i know it doesnt happen to everyone, but when i saw that it can affect the breathing which i have a problem with. Could it affect my breathing or whatever even though its a cream and its not anywhere near my face???

Posted by Optional on 23/07/2010 at 04:52

I got really nervous when it started itching because i'd had unprotected sex with my boyfriend for the first time. I even started crying thinking it was Herpies... then i got a mirror and just saw all this gross white stuff... then i googled it and it was sooo much of relief.

Posted by ms la on 21/07/2010 at 10:44

I was so scared thought it could be an STD or something but I read this site. I been taking antibiotics for 10 days. ( for non related infection) and I started itching and having thick white cottage cheese discharge with out any smell and I realize ill be fine with over the counter meds

Posted by Optional on 13/07/2010 at 08:11

i have had thrush and i have taken all the medication for it and then a week later i have had sex with my parnter and it burns and hurts when i have sex with him it has never happend before then i put the cream on but the cream doeant work its so itchy and i dont no what to do does anyone have the same problam and can u help to stop it what can i do i am in pain and i dont wont to have this anymore

Posted by Optional on 12/07/2010 at 10:30

I have used the cream for my thrush and completed the course of 6 days.. but now i still have white stuff and its a cream like substance. is that just the cream that was used to get rid of thrush in the first place?

Posted by Optional on 02/07/2010 at 02:24

Hi. I've suffered miserab;y with recurrent thrush and have had it at least every few wks for the last 2yrs. I tried everything but it kept clearing up then coming back. Even my partner was treated, though he had no symptoms. I've just had to fight my case with the doctors to have my IUD removed as this was all I could put it down to (had it in for 2yrs 4 months). That was 2wks ago and so far the thrush hasn't come back. Do you think that this could've been causing the problem?

Posted by Chaz on 29/06/2010 at 04:40

i dont no if i have thrush its dead itchy and burning am getting some white discharge it doesnt smell i have used some clotrimazole thrush cream but its not stopping the iching could you help plz what is it

Posted by Optional on 24/05/2010 at 02:46

i recently had thrush or what i think it is and have been treating it with a cream, i am still sore after around a week and have also been left without feeling or pleasure. is this normal please help

Posted by Optional on 20/05/2010 at 03:42

January this year lost my virginity,and during me losing my virginity me and my boyfriend used protection but while we were having sex or making love rather i noticed that he had no condom on and i stopped him but he said he putted it, a day passed and i felt like i had a bubble on my virgina but ignored it the following day had the same feeling and went to the toilet to investigate i took a toilet paper and checked if evaerything was cool and i found a condom, after that i had a very bad thrush my virgina was and so painful i could not even sleep, i told my ma and she recommended antibiotics which made me get a lot of discharge but the pain got better, so it worries me because im thinking what if after having sex again im going to go through that again

Posted by Amy on 19/05/2010 at 05:09

hello this infomation has helped alot i think i found what i was looking for

Posted by Optional on 07/05/2010 at 09:26

Thank you so much. You have all put my mind at rest. 1st time with thrush i think...and Ive taken the tablet today and am treating with the cream.Feeling better already

Posted by Optional on 06/05/2010 at 03:28

Did not really tell me anything I did not already know!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Optional on 03/05/2010 at 11:38

just to let people know you can buy oral treatments over the counter more cheaply if you ask for a pharmacy pack of fluconazole. Branded tablets cost about £20, the pharmacy pack varies in price - I once got it for 89p (!!!!), but next time the same pharmacy charged me about £5. Ask around. I can usually get it for about £4 - cheaper than prescriptions.

Posted by Optional on 24/04/2010 at 10:14

After having sex with my boyfriend a few times my vulvar was sore. I discovered it was thrush cause I also had other symptoms. Again, we had sex and I had a slight pain when we finished. This pain was not as bad as before and it went away quickly this time. What is this?

Posted by Optional on 22/04/2010 at 04:09

Ive been self treating my self for thrush for 5 days now, i used canesten combi , i dont seem to have a discharge as such now but im still sore and itchy and need to wee about every half hour ! Is this normal

Posted by ............. on 07/04/2010 at 02:06

What would happen if you leave thrush untreated?

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2010 at 01:36

When i get thrush the vulva area seems to swell and become quite sore.. is this normal? any feedback would be muchly appreciated.

Posted by Optional on 04/04/2010 at 03:42

I took the pessary for a three day course and used the cream at the same time and i dont seem to fell the symptoms of Thrush anymore. Can you have sex five days after taking the pessary or not??

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2010 at 02:54

I found after a few years that my thrush was re occuring because i was wearing a thong

Posted by Mmoni on 15/03/2010 at 04:56

I have a problem of getting recurrent thrush, but it comes once a year, its painful , itching and makes me feel uncomfortable, it started me at an early age, i waz abt 15yearz old by then nd never had any sexual activities

Posted by Optional on 13/03/2010 at 12:04

I have had vaginal "thrush" for around 2 months now. Symptoms include itching, red bumps around, and inside my vagina, and a white creamy dischargein which very mildly smells of yeast. I have used endless amounts of cream, oral tablets, and pessary's. None of which have an affect. Which leads me to believe its not thrush. I am on the contraceptive pill, but have been for over a year. I've been to my doctors several times, had swabs taken, but can't get a clear answer. I'm going back to my doctors monday to talk, but would appreciate any feedback.

Posted by Sian on 11/03/2010 at 11:00

Found out recently that I had thrush. Have had treatment and it's gone! The only symptom I had was severe pain during sex. Now I'm having major problems relaxing. I dread the thought of having sex. HELP!!

Posted by Optional on 04/03/2010 at 04:47

Okay... so i have never in my life had sex before and i just started getting my period about a month ago. My vulva is very red, itchy and it looks swollen to me. I have gone exploring down there only once. This area hurts most when i am walking and barely at all when my legs are apart. I really would like to know what is up!? THANKS

Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2010 at 10:12

I am suffering with thrush during my second pregnancy as I did with my first. The problem did clear up with an oral and pessary treatment after having given birth - however it is unpleasant and it does cause loss of confidence. I shall be going back to my doctor for another treatment. I have found the info above very informative and reassuring to know that this appears to be quite a common complaint.

Posted by Thrush on 27/01/2010 at 01:24

i am also suffering from thrush and itchy discharge and its very thick but sometimes it become wet and be like milk. i went to the doctor several time but it doesnt come right please help.

Posted by nicola on 26/01/2010 at 03:59

i have been getting thrush now for 3 months and its starting to really bother me so i visited the doctor after buying creams and pills which are expensive i thought enough is enough. just to say to all women out there thats in the same boat as me get it checked as it could be a sign of diabetes it seems to come on me just before my period as well. just for you all to be aware iv had blood tests done but havent had results yet il let you all know in due course.

Posted by Anonymous on 17/01/2010 at 11:57

hi ave had thrush for almost a year i jus leave it but as soon as i take a canesten it jus gets even worse n it gets worse wen am on my period does anyone no any cure i reli need 2 change my diet and thursh pills are too expensive

Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2009 at 08:34

Im 13 not yet started period but i think i may have thrush. Im really embarresed to tell.. as its just hard as i cant just go to the doctors on my own so my parents have to know aswell. :(

Posted by Amanda on 09/09/2009 at 09:40

Hi, I suffer from recurrent thrush and having just finished a months worth of pills (for the second time in two years) hoping it was cured have that horrible feeling that I am in for another bout again. That must be my punishment for having sex last night with my husband on our third wedding anniversary and wearing Jeans today!! There has to be a cure out there somewhere - I jsut hope I find one before my huband strays!!!

Posted by Nina on 07/09/2009 at 01:11

Hi - I am a longterm sufferer of thrush (probably related to weak immune system from CFS, also long-term stress and clinical depression) and I truly KNOW the suffering and would like to pass on the fruits of my knowledge. After a while I stopped bothering with Canesten as I would clear up and then a day after get another bout. Once during a bout, after 5 miserable days of itching and having eaten NO sugar or bread during this time I (by chance) ate a large portion of oily fish and the itching disappeared. I have since found that eating oily fish can clear up thrush. Now I am not so simple-minded to suggest this as a straight cure, However it is certainly true that eating Omega 3 as well as loads of B-vits gives your body those building blocks it needs to repair itself, and many of us in this modern age may be deficient in omega 3s and B-vits. Furthermore stress and depression simply swallow up omega3 and B-vits. I now MANAGE my condition through diet and exercise: I exercise regularly if moderately (exercise really kickstarts the body to function better); I don't eat much bread (yeast), try very hard to eat little sugar; I eat 4 portions of oily fish a week (you probably need less); and eat loads of B-vitamin rich food eg. pulses, amaranth grain, spelt, rye, buckwheat. If I get a bout which is rare now, I immediately eat a portion of salmon and oatcakes spread with marmite. It works for me, I imagine it wont hurt to try it. I sincerely hope this may help someone.

Posted by kassandra on 31/08/2009 at 04:46

Why is it that when my partner and I use condoms during sex, I do not get thrush but always get it the few times we've had sex without using a condom?

Posted by Anonymous on 22/08/2009 at 03:14

I have it right now and I am pregnant and due. I hope it doesn't hurt too much when the baby comes out. I am thinking a bath with some lavender or chamomile.. Chamomile tea in it will help to relieve the pain. :)

Posted by Anonymous on 13/08/2009 at 08:24

I have thrush at the moment It hurts like hell. my first time The cream doesnt help, i have to take it everytime after i use the loo otherwise it hurts too much to handle. Is there anything I can do to help the pain? Will paracetamal help? Thank you

Posted by shelby on 13/08/2009 at 04:19

this information has been very useful

Posted by Anonymous on 21/07/2009 at 05:04

I dont have any itching or burning but i find a lot of thick white/yellowy discharge regularly throughout the day and i am not sure whether it is thrush or something else.

Posted by karen on 21/07/2009 at 07:44

I have been suffering from recuring thrush for 18 months now. It recurrs on average every 2-3 weeks. I apear to have the more resistant strain. Is there a different treatment for this.

Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2009 at 02:53

I always feel itchy around my genital area. I haven been apply clotrimazole cream for almost half a year. However, on and off I still feel itchy around my genital area, especially before my peiod. Can i know what happen to my genital area? Any home remedy or natural way to diagnose it? Thank you

Posted by Anonymous on 21/05/2009 at 09:18

Thankyou so much this has been so helpful

Posted by Lost on 19/05/2009 at 09:46

i think i might have thrush but i have the merina coil, i dont want to take it out as i have about another 4 years can it be treated without taking the coil out?

Posted by Anonymous on 18/05/2009 at 10:53

i have looked up a lot about yeast infections and thrush but i dont think i have it. whenever my boyfriend fingers me or touches the area around my vagina it is kind of itchy and burns but then it goes away. then it happens again. i dont know what it is. i did leave a tampon in for like maybe 10 hours on accident because i feel asleep and ever since then it always hurts after i have contact to my vagina. i dont know whats wrong. do u have any idea?

Posted by Kirst on 20/04/2009 at 10:37

I'm not sure if it I'd thrush but I sting only when I touch and I have alot of White gunge in my pants, how can I make the White (none smelly gunge) go away?

Posted by joolz on 15/04/2009 at 09:51

i have just finished an 8 month course of tablets for reaccurring thrush and with 2 days of stopping the tablets i have had another flare up. i have suffered with thrush for the last 2 years and get it about twice every month. the doctor will no longer give me tablets and i am just left trying to buy the tablets over the counter

Posted by S. on 15/04/2009 at 12:13

I don't really know if this is Thrush, but my mom and I are going to find out, I'm very uncomfortable all the time, and it always burns when i pass urine, it feels dry and i sometimes find clumpy white stuff too. Sometimes when i change position in sitting then I feel somewhat better, as if discharge helps. Its both itchy and burny at the same time mostly, and the doctor said it was not a UTI. To anyone whom can answer this, i thank you.

Posted by B. on 11/03/2009 at 12:35

Informative and in layman's language. Confirmed everything I have been experiencing. Very debilitating problem. Hopefully after 1 pessary it has gone!

Posted by Anon on 25/02/2009 at 10:16

I only get Thrush when i take Anti biotics.To avoid Thrush i eat yoghurt and take Inner Health Plus tablets, as soon as i start with Antibiotics. The quicker you get onto these, theess chance you will get Thrush and have to treat it with Medication.

Posted by awidze on 08/02/2009 at 02:11

very informative & thank u!!

Posted by Anonymous on 29/01/2009 at 02:28

Thank you for this very informative site. I have learned a lot in just a few minutes. The information is comprehensive and easy to understand. Thanks again.

Posted by Anonymous on 19/01/2009 at 11:02

this advice helped me a lot Thanks :)


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