The common vaginal yeast infection thrush is a type of vaginitis – an inflammation of your vagina.1 Both fungus and bacteria naturally live in your vagina, but when the fungus (Candida albicans) increases, it causes thrush.1,2 This fungus may increase when your immune system is weak or when good bacteria (called lactobacilli) can’t keep the fungus under control.1
There are times when you are more prone to thrush:
- If you are pregnant2
- If you have finished a course of antibiotics2
- If you have diabetes2
- If you take birth control pills 1
Who gets thrush?
Having thrush is normal – around 75% of women will experience it at least once in their lives 3, while many women may suffer from recurrent thrush.
If you've never had thrush before and you think you may have it, visit your doctor.4
Once you recognize your own symptoms and you know they’re not serious, we’ll help you to deal with thrush independently at home. Thrush clears up within a week or two once you’ve started treatment.4
Just so you know, thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection.1
Thrush and pregnancy
Thrush will not stop you from getting pregnant,2 or if you are already pregnant thrush will not harm your unborn baby.5 However, some of the symptoms may make having sex uncomfortable.6
If you’re pregnant it’s completely natural for your hormones to change and affect your body – so your chances of getting thrush increase.5,7
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and you have thrush, speak to your doctor before taking any treatments.5