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Vaginal Thrush


Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point in their lives.


Typical symptoms of vaginal thrush include:

• Itching and soreness around the entrance of the vagina

• Vaginal discharge – this is usually odourless and may be thick and white or thin and watery

• Pain during sex

• A stinging sensation when peeing


If you have had thrush before you do not usually need to see your GP. You can speak to your pharmacist or buy the treatment over-the-counter in pharmacies and some supermarkets. There are different treatments available that come in the form of pessaries, creams or oral capsules.


It's a good idea to get medical advice from your GP or a sexual health clinic if:

• You have thrush for the first time

• You're under the age of 16 or over 60

• You're pregnant or breastfeeding

• You have unusual symptoms, such as coloured or smelly discharge, or sores on the skin around your vagina 

• You have abnormal vaginal bleeding or pain in your lower tummy

• You've had two episodes of thrush within the last six months

• You've reacted badly to antifungal treatment in the past, or it didn't work

• You or your partner have previously had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and you think it might have returned

• Your symptoms don't improve after 7-14 days of treatment


For more information on thrush and how to prevent it visit the NHS choices website by clicking the link below:


Adapted from NHS Choices

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