Vaginal thrush can be a very uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even scary thing to a happen to a woman – despite the fact it happens to about 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lives.
While it’s an incredibly common affliction, it’s not unheard of to not know what to do or what it really is until it happens to you!
So whether you think you might have it, or you’d like to be prepared for if you do, here is everything you need to know about vaginal thrush.
If you’ve never had thrush before, it can be difficult to even know what to look out for.
In fact, the first time you may suspect you have thrush, could be when you experience mild pain during sex or when passing urine.
Even the typical symptoms of thrush can vary between women, but the most common symptoms generally include itchy skin, irritation, and mild soreness around and/or inside the vagina. This can cause the vagina to look red and irritated, and generally feel uncomfortable.
Beyond the external symptoms, sometimes there can be a small amount of white discharge that can be either thick or thin, and usually odorless.
Fortunately, since thrush is so common, there are many options for treatment, most of which are available simply as over the counter products.
A common option is thrush cream, which can reduce the symptoms of itchiness while also helping to soothe the sore or irritated areas. Thrush creams are intravaginal, meaning it is to be applied inside the vagina.
A tablet form is also available over the counter, which will not necessary provide any soothing of symptoms, but it can help your body get rid of thrush quickly and effectively. These are usually pessary pills, which are applied inside the vagina using a special applicator.
Extra Things to Know
While thrush isn’t classified as a sexually transmitted disease, there is a small chance it can be passed on to your partner during sex.
It’s important then, that if your partner starts to experience any similar symptoms on their genitals, you inform them immediately, and recommend they either visit their doctor, or purchase a form of medication over the counter.
Because of this however, and the symptoms you experience, it’s best to avoid having sex while you are suffering from thrush.
Also as with any other medications, thrush treatments can come with side effects which can include headaches, an upset stomach, and even diarrhea and nausea – so don’t be alarmed if you suddenly start feeling these after taking your treatment.
If any symptoms persist however, contact your doctor.
While uncomfortable, Vaginal Thrush is very easy to treat, and normally you can be feeling back to normal anywhere between 1 to 6 days, depending on your body and your chosen method of treatment.
It can be treated quickly and discreetly, but if it keeps coming back, always visit your doctor to see if they can prescribe something for you: https://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=794