Thrush

Vaginal Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection but it can be passed on during sex.

If you have Thrush it is best to avoid having sex until you’ve completed a course of treatment and the infection has cleared up.

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How is it passed on?

Thrush is usually a result of the temporary loss of the normal bacteria found present within the genitals. As a result thrush can thrive when it gets out of hand and starts causing problems.  Triggering factors include being run down, wearing tight clothes, or using perfumed soap to wash your private parts as well as using antibiotics for other medical problems.  Having sex can also make thrush worse and pass it on to your partner.  Your partner can then pass it back to you.

Symptoms

Soreness or itchiness around your vagina or penis. Sometimes there is thick, white discharge.

What are the long term effects?

None but it can return.

Can you get rid of it?

Some people are prone to thrush and will get it again and again. Avoid wearing tight clothing and don’t use perfumed soap on your vagina or penis. There are creams and tablets as well as pessaries (tablets that are placed inside the vagina) that you can get on prescription or buy over the counter.

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