All you need to know about thrush
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FAQs on thrush infection

Is vaginal discharge normal?

It is perfectly normal to experience some vaginal discharge as it is part of your body's natural cleaning system. The consistency and colour may vary slightly during your monthly cycle, but normal discharge shouldn't smell. If you experience more discharge than usual and/or a strong smelling discharge this could indicate thrush. If the discharge has an unpleasant smell or changes radically in colour, you could have a bacterial infection and you should get it checked out by your doctor.

Can you treat thrush with a pessary when you've got a period?

Although suffering thrush whilst having your period is the last thing you want, changes in hormone levels make this extremely common. You can treat your thrush during a period with a pessary treatment, however if your period is particularly heavy you might want to use a cream to relieve the itching and then use a pessary once your flow is lighter.

Isn't thrush a sexually transmitted disease?

No, thrush is not strictly an infection you only get when having unprotected sexual intercourse. However, it is possible that your partner could re-infect you if he is a carrier, or suffers with Candidal Balanitis (male thrush). The partner should then also be treated to prevent re-infection.

Can you treat an attack of thrush whilst on other medications?

It is extremely important to speak to your GP or pharmacist if you are on medication. Your GP or Pharmacist will know if it is suitable to use a particular thrush treatment product in relation to your medical situation. Additionally, always read the Patient Information Leaflet before use as this will contain very important information about the active ingredient in the product. It will also address when not to use the product and possible side effect.

How can thrush be treated?

Thrush can be treated using a number of treatments including antifungal creams, pessaries and oral tablets.  Please note that some are only available by prescription from your GP. If your symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.

What should I do if I get thrush again and again?

If you suffer from thrush more than 4 times a year, it is advisable that you use long acting treatments which can be taken either twice a week, one a week or once a month over a three to six month period. If your symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.

What if I get thrush during my pregnancy?

Thrush can occur as a result of pregnancy. It is not harmful to your baby. The thrush can be safely treated with creams and pessaries. Please get advice from your GP or midwife regarding what treatment to use.


Thrush Facts or Fallacies

Tight-fitting clothing can precipitate an attack

The evidence that clothing can trigger an attack of thrush is conflicting. But, women who are frequently affected by thrush may prefer to wear loose cotton underwear.