Vaginal Thrush – The Facts and Dispelling the Myths



Vaginal Thrush is simply a yeast germ (Candida) that has been allowed to multiply unchecked and develop into the condition known as thrush. The candida is always present on and in our bodies, and generally, it is kept in check by other bacteria. The usual places are inside our guts, on and inside the genital areas, under the armpits, anywhere where it is warm and moist.

The Symptoms of Vaginal Thrush.

Usually, the most common symptom is the intense itching accompanied by the raw soreness and burning sensation. For many a discharge is usually quite common but it isn’t always present the discharge is normally a creamy white texture usually quite thick but can also be thin and watery.Also, urination can be quite a painful experience as can sexual intercourse.

The Myths Surrounding Thrush

There are a large number of rumours and myths surrounding the topic of thrush, some of them are very well known and still believed to be fact, but they lack scientific evidence to back up the claim. Below are the more common myths.

Douching the vagina can prevent thrush.

Absolutely not; this is the practice of squirting soapy water into the vagina in the belief it will keep the area clean. The vagina is self-cleaning and does not need to be douched and will actually make the occurrence of thrush more likely as the good bacteria will be removed and the acidity level will be affected which in turn can damage the vaginal wall lining.

A Yeast Free Diet will prevent thrush.

Completely false; there are no scientific claims that avoiding yeast in one’s diet will stop thrush appearing. There are many yeast free diet products that are available on the Internet and some claim it has worked, but it is difficult to find absolute proof. The theory that avoiding yeast in a diet will stem yeast overgrowth is fundamentally flawed as the yeast ingredient in thefood is totally different to the fungal yeast germ bacteria (Candida).

Thrush is quite a minor health condition and is not considered dangerous.

Thrush in itself is not a dangerous infection however it can be the cause of a multitude of other illnesses such as headaches, fatigue, pain when urinating, lack of energy, joint pains and more. However, there is a very dangerous condition when Candida gets into the bloodstream, this is life-threatening and has to treated urgently.

Only women can get thrush.

No, men can suffer from thrush too; the condition is called Candida Balanitis, and this affects the genital areas, and as in women, it can be very sore and painful. The number one cause is being unhygienic in the genital area, but other causes are antibiotics, diabetes and allergies maybe to certain soaps or detergents.

Live or Natural Yoghurt is a valid thrush treatment.

No scientific evidence exists to support this theory. A very common notion is that yoghurt that contains the Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria can boost the numbers of friendly bacteria thus crowding out the naughty Candida germ. If this were the case, then there would be hardly any other thrush treatments needed, and the condition would not be so prevalent as it is today.


Myths surrounding vaginal thrush exist because for many women the current treatments have not been successful. So alternative treatments have been created and for the large part it is to prey on the desperate women and in some cases men to purchase a product that is being heavily promoted.
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