Suffering From Thrush?
Many, if not most women will experience an episode of vaginal thrush – a common yeast infection at some point; and while it can be uncomfortable and cause alarm if it’s the first time you’re experiencing it, it’s important to know that it’s generally not dangerous, and is very easy to treat.
The typical symptoms of vaginal thrush are usually very easy to detect, and may include:
- pain and itchiness around the vaginal entrance
- a burning or stinging sensation during urination
- pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- a noticeable vaginal discharge that may be thick and resemble cottage cheese; or may be thin and watery.
In addition the above symptoms, some women may also experience more severe symptoms that could possible require more intense treatment. This is usually referred to as “complicated thrush”, and your doctor will perform an examination to determine what type of thrush you have, and what treatment you will receive.
More sever symptoms, include:
- swelling and redness around the vagina and vulva
- cracked skin around the vagina
If you suspect you may have thrush, it is always best to consult your doctor before attempting to treat it, as thrush that is not treated correctly or left untreated is at risk of recurring and causing you to develop a case of complicated thrush.
Depending on the symptoms, thrush is relatively easy to treat, and your doctor will usually prescribe some anti-thrush medication that can be used to ease the discomfort and clear the infection within a few days.
This medication can be taken orally, as a cream, or as a pessary, which is inserted into the vagina.
Vaginal thrush is not thought to be linked to sex; however, it is important to always seek advice from your doctor regarding your sexual health and on the best ways to stay protected from infections, STDs and unwanted pregnancy. If you need any advice then give us a call.