What is Candida / Thrush?

Thrush is caused by a yeast called Candida, which usually lives quite harmlessly in the body.

How do I know I’ve got it?

Candida can be present in the vagina without causing any problems

It only needs treated if you have symptoms that are affecting you

Symptoms include itchiness, a heavier discharge than normal, soreness of the genitals

In men, the penis can be red and sore

Where can I get tested?

  • Your GP
  • Sexual Health Clinics
  • What is the treatment?
  • Required treatment can be in the form of a cream, or a pessary (tablet put in the vagina) or occasionally an oral tablet.

Sexual partners
This is usually not required. You do not catch thrush by having sex.

How do I avoid getting thrush again?
Some people do get recurrent symptoms of thrush. If you do, it is important you see your doctor to ensure that this is the diagnosis. Keep a record of when and how often you get them. This will be helpful for your doctor to decide what the best management is.

  • Avoid using vaginal deoderants 
  • Avoid bubble baths and oils 
  • Use water to clean your vagina and vulva 
  • Wipe from front to back (towards your bottom) after going to the toilet 
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes 
  • Wear cotton underwear

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